Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Cyprian Is Nyakundi

General

India court delays arrest of UN climate head over sex case

RAJENDRA-PACHAURI1

 

A court in India on Monday granted a top UN climate change official “relief from arrest” for three days as police investigate a sexual harassment complaint against him, his lawyer said.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on the weekend pulled out of a key meeting in Kenya starting on Monday citing “issues demanding his attention”.

His lawyers had applied to a district court in Delhi for bail in anticipation of any arrest over allegations Pachauri, 74, harassed a 29-year-old female researcher from his Delhi-based think-tank.

“The court granted an interim protection from arrest to my client. The next hearing is on February 26, I cannot divulge further details as the case is sub judice,” Pachauri’s lawyer Shankh Sengupta told AFP.

The investigation comes at a crucial time as Pachauri tries to set the table for a key climate change summit in Paris in December where world leaders are expected to broker an international treaty on tackling global warming.

Climate scientists went ahead with the scheduled four-day meeting in Kenya despite Pachauri’s absence, with officials insisting it would not derail the talks.

The female employee, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has accused Pachauri of repeated inappropriate behaviour, including through emails, text and WhatsApp messages, according to police.

Pachauri, who heads the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) think-tank, has denied the allegations, saying his emails and mobile phone were hacked.

A Delhi court last week ordered the veteran climate change expert to cooperate with police investigators, after also granting him relief from arrest for three days.

Indian media, meanwhile, reported on Monday that organisers of an Indian conference at Harvard University next month have withdrawn an invitation for him to attend.

An economist and industrial engineer by trade, Pachauri took the helm of the IPCC in 2002 and was elected to a second term in 2008.

He is due to stand down in October and his replacement has not yet been chosen.


Would you like to get published on this Popular Blog? You can now email Cyprian Nyakundi any breaking news, Exposes, story ideas, human interest articles or interesting videos on: [email protected] Videos and pictures can be sent to +254 710 280 973 on WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram.


Comments

comments

Click to comment

Facebook

You May Also Like

News

*Editor’s Note: This open letter to Safaricom has been published as received. No redactions have taken place to avoid legal issues pending a court...

News

This is an intervention for Victoria Rubadiri so as to help her revert back to factory settings. We notice your slow drift away into...

News

Caption : Edwin Kigen Who was Murdered in Madaraka Estate. We demand for answers from Boinnet ! Another young man may have been brutally assaulted and...

News

CAPTION: Reformed street-urchins like this lot are dominating the airwaves and being allowed to spread the disease of anti-intellectualism.  As you may have all...

Copyright © 2020 Cyprian Is Nyakundi.