Sexual harassment case: RK Pachauri wants 'out of court settlement', claims report

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New Delhi, Jan 28: In more trouble mounting for him, RK Pachauri has embroiled himself into a fresh controversy that alleges that he is looking for an 'out of court settlement', in connection with a sexual harassment case against him.

According to a report published in Economic Times on Monday, Jan 25, a male researcher from Delhi-based non-government organisation-- The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has alleged that seniors have 'ask' the complainant to settle out of court.

RK Pachauri

The junior male researcher was allegedly told by four senior officials, "You must reach out to your lady friend and get her to settle it out of Court as this will be good for her as there is nothing more left to achieve", as per the ET report.

[Pachauri removed as TERI chief, Ajay Mathur appointed new head]

He made these revelations in a 2-page written complaint to the Delhi Police on Jan 12, following which he resigned from his post from TERI.

In the letter, he has mentioned, "I have always responded to them (TERI seniors) saying that they can ask the complainant themselves but they insisted that I talk to her. I did inform the complainant of these developments and it was obviously very disturbing for her to learn as well as much as it was for me to be approached with it."

Fearing for his job, earlier, the researcher kept quiet, but when the coaxing and cajoling continued by his seniors, then he decided to put down the papers and to approach police. Since July 2015, he was pressurised by seniors to persuade his friend (the woman who filed case against Pachauri). [Woman employee who accused RK Pachauri of sexual harassment quits TERI]

Pachauri is accused of harassing a 29-year-old woman employee at TERI, when he was the institute Director, Now, he is the Executive Vice-Chairman at TERI. 

But, Pachauri has constantly denied allegations against him as baseless. [In Pics: High-profile sexual harassment cases at workplace]

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