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TERI Panel Head Who Found RK Pachauri Guilty Quits

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| September 17 , 2015 , 21:40 IST
Ranjana Saikia, the head of TERI’s Internal Complaints Committee who headed the three-member panel which found its former Director General R.K. Pachauri guilty of sexual harassment of a junior colleague, has resigned. rkpachauri Ms. Saikia confirmed to PTI that she has resigned but did not give any reason for taking the step. The Energy and Resources Institute too remained tightlipped about it. ALSO READ: Court Allows R K Pachauri To Travel Abroad To Attend Global Meet On Environment “Yes, it is true that I have resigned,” Ms. Saikia told PTI over phone. “No,” she said, when asked whether she had cited any reason for tendering her resignation. Sources said Ms. Saikia resigned on Monday after which TERI is learnt to have reconstituted the committee. A research analyst at TERI has accused Dr. Pachauri of sexual harassment and he is currently on bail in the case. A case of sexual harassment was registered against Dr. Pachauri, a Nobel peace prize recipient, on February 13 this year. ALSO READ: TERI Sacks Nobel Laureate Pachauri Over Sexual Harassment Allegations; Ajay Mathur Becomes New Chief TERI governing council had on July 23 appointed Ajay Mathur, currently the director general of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), as its Director General. Dr. Pachauri had also stepped down as chair of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change following the alleged incident. He was recently allowed by a Delhi court to travel to Kazakhstan for a conference on climate change.