Former director general of The Energy and Resources Institute RK Pachauri’s term with the agency has ended. In a meeting earlier this week, the Governing Council of TERI decided to terminate its contract with the scientist, which expires in 2017, with immediate effect and will not renew it. The council also decided to pay him all the dues for the remainder of his tenure, according to The Hindu.
The decision removes Pachauri, who has been accused by three women of sexual harassment, from the post of the executive vice chairman of TERI – a position that was created for him in February. Two officials who attended the council meeting confirmed the developments. A spokesperson for TERI confirmed to The Hindu that “...Dr Pachauri’s term as a Member of the Governing Council of TERI ended on March 31... His role as the executive vice chairman also ended along with his membership of the council.”
However, it was later reported that Pachauri resigned from TERI's Governing Council. He maintained that his term ended on March 31, 2016, and that he wanted to “get engaged in other interests”, PTI reported.
Pachauri was removed from the post of Teri's director general in July last year, four months after an FIR was lodged against him in connection sexual harassment allegations. So far, three former colleagues of the 75-year-old have come forward accusing him of harassment. The Delhi Police had filed a 1,400-page chargesheet in the case in March.