U.N. climate panel chief accused of sexual harassment: police




 
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February 20th, 2015  
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Topic: U.N. climate panel chief accused of sexual harassment: police


By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indian police are investigating claims that the one of world's top climate change officials, Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sexually harassed a 29-year-old woman, police and lawyers said on Friday. The woman, who is a researcher at Pachauri's Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), claims the 74-year-old Indian scientist began harassing her soon after she joined the non-profit think-tank in September 2013. Pachauri has denied the charges, according to a court order sent to the Thomson Reuters Foundation by the public relations firm acting on behalf by TERI. The case comes at a difficult time as Pachauri is playing a key role in the run-up to a crucial climate change summit in Paris in December where world leaders are expected to agree a new deal to curb global warming. *** He is due to speak at an IPCC event in Nairobi on Monday and attend a major meeting there for the rest of the week.

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