New Delhi: RK Pachauri, one of the world’s top climate change experts, has been hospitalized in the midst of an investigation to determine if he sexually harassed a woman employee at the think tank that he heads in Delhi, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Dr Pachauri, 74, has been admitted to a Delhi hospital. A local court has said the police cannot arrest him till tomorrow, when it will hear his request for anticipatory bail. He has denied the allegations against him.
Dr Pachauri resigned yesterday as the chief of the UN panel of climate scientists, ending 13 years in charge of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning group.
His second term as chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had been due to end in October 2015. In the past, he has suffered cardiac problems.
The 29-year-old woman researcher who has filed a police case against him has furnished hundreds of texts and WhatsApp messages that allegedly prove her harassment. Dr Pachauri’s lawyers have said his computer and cellphone were hacked.