Pachauri’s withdrawal from public life continues
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has today accepted Rajendra Pachauri’s resignation from the Prime Minister’s climate change council.
According to the Indian Express;
“R K Pachauri, who has been accused of sexual harassment, has resigned from the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change as well, a government statement today said.
“The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has accepted the resignation of R K Pachauri from the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change,” said the one line statement.
The Council decides on broad policy guidelines on climate change, and is headed by the Prime Minister.”
The BBC reports that an Indian court has granted Pachauri bail, while police investigate claims of sexual harassment against the beleaguered former head of the IPCC.
“An Indian court has granted interim bail to former UN climate change panel head Rajendra Pachauri, who is facing charges of sexual harassment.
The court order bans him from leaving India or entering his office while police investigate the allegations.
A female researcher has accused him of sending her inappropriate calls, emails and texts and physically molesting her.
Mr Pachauri, who resigned from his post on Tuesday, denies the accusations. He is currently in hospital.
His lawyers say he is receiving treatment for a heart condition.”
We obviously wish Pachauri a speedy recovery from his heart condition. Perhaps a withdrawal from public life is for the best, the last few years, as head of the IPCC, have obviously been very difficult for Pachauri. Once the police investigation and court case is over, Pachauri may have the personal space he needs, to pursue other interests, such as his interest in writing pornographic fiction.