NEW DELHI – A court in New Delhi on Friday charged an Indian scientist with sexual harassment, the lawyers told EFE.
Rajendra Kumar Pachauri was the former chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
“The court has found prima facie evidence in the chargesheet, trial to begin against him under sexual harassment section,” said Prashant Mendiratta, the victim’s lawyer, adding that the court had ordered the charges to be framed.
The next hearing of the case will be on Oct. 20, according to the lawyer.
Pachauri’s lawyer, Ashish Dixit, said that out of the dozen charges the scientist was charged with, seven were dropped for lack of evidence.
The scientist was accused of sexually harassing a colleague in 2015 when he was heading The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi.
Following the accusation, he stepped down from the UN panel, which in 2007, had jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize along with former US Vice President Al Gore for its efforts to disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.