On Friday, TERI governing council asked RK Pachauri who is facing sexual harassment charges to go on indefinite leave.
TERI said RK Pachauri will be on leave from all 3 bodies - TERI, its Governing Council & University till further review by the Council given the matter's subjudice nature.
At the same time, the governing council nominated Ashok Chawla as the new chairman of the TERI Council and conferred full executive powers to Ajay Mathur who was made the .director general earlier this week.
Chawla had previously served as the chief of Competition Commission of India and as the finance secretary.
On Thursday, Pachauri had gone on leave on Thursday stating that he won’t be attending the convocation ceremony of the energy body’s education institute on March 7 after some students said that they won’t accept their degree certificates from him.
This came after the former director-general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) RK Pachauri was reinstated as vice chairman on Tuesday, a post specially created for him despite sexual harassment allegations against him.
He was removed from his position in July 2015 over sexual harassment charges filed by a subordinate. Pachauri was charged under IPC sections 354, 354(a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and is currently out on bail.
In addition to the case which is sub-judice, another female staff of TERI on Wednesday alleged that she was also sexually harassed in 2003. She said, “I had been sexually harassed by him and had seen him behave extremely indecently with other women at TERI too.”
The first sexual harassment charge came in February 2015 when a 29-year-old woman researcher lodged an FIR against the environmental scientist.