NEW DELHI: Former TERI chief R K Pachauri, who is facing charges of sexual harassment by a former colleague, announced that he is stepping down from TERI’s Coverning Council while a report said that the institute had decided to end all ties with him and a decision in this regard was taken in the council meet last week.
Pachauri issued a statement stating that his term as a member of the governing council ended on March 31, 2016.
“I felt that it was time for me to move away and get engaged in other interests which I have harboured over the past few years for activities at the global level. I have had the good fortune of leading TERI for three decades and a half, and have received the priceless contribution from thousands of colleagues over the years in building up this institute to level of an outstanding organisation,” said the statement.
There were reports that the council in its meeting decided to pay all the dues for the remainder of his tenure and bring an immediate end to his contract which was due to end in 2017.
The TERI spokesperson, however, said that the minutes of the meeting were yet to be finalised and things would be clear after that.
Pachauri, who headed TERI for over three decades, thanked all employees for the support. After pressure mounted over his appointment as executive vice chairman, he went on leave from TERI and the TERI governing council in February.
Three women have so far come out against Pachauri, alleging sexual harassment charges against him.
“I have had the good fortune of leading TERI for three decades and a half and have received the priceless contribution from thousands of colleagues over the years in building up this institute to the level of an outstanding organisation.”
“I began with TERI as the articulation of my dream and humanity’s call for a major intellectual resource, which has now grown to a size and spread straddling the whole world, with a staff strength of around 1200 professionals and world class infrastructure and expertise,” he said.
The council members include former HSBC India chairperson Naina Lal Kidwai and HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, among others.