‘Former director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) RK Pachauri has misbehaved with me several times and tried to kiss me’, complained the victim, who is a research student at the Institute. Deposing before a magistrate in February last, the student said – “after he saw me interacting with a male colleague at a climate change summit in March 2014, Pachauri threatened me saying if you were ever to get a boyfriend, I will castrate him,”
During an official trip to Paris in October 2013, the complainant said Pachauri forced a kiss on her despite having expressly told him not to do so. Before that Pachauri had allegedly sent her a copy of a salacious novel he’d written, ‘Return to Almora,’ in August 2013, insisting that she read it. She declined to do so.
The complainant had provided an elaborate account of RK’s misbehaviour and how she had to pass through painful times.
ET has seen the statement recorded under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). The statement, which hasn’t been made publicly available, was recorded over two days–four hours on day one and five hours on the second day.
Pachauri, who’s gone on indefinite leave from Teri, has denied the allegations against him. But he could not explain on the scores of text messages he has allegedly sent to the victim.