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Former UN Climate Chief Charged with Sexual Harassment

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FILE - Former Head of the UN climate change panel Rajendra Pachauri. Indian police charged him with sexual harassment on March 1, 2016, following a complaint by a woman he worked with at an environmental research institution.

FILE - Former Head of the UN climate change panel Rajendra Pachauri. Indian police charged him with sexual harassment on March 1, 2016, following a complaint by a woman he worked with at an environmental research institution.

Police in India Tuesday charged the former head of the United Nations climate change panel with sexual harassment following a complaint by a woman he worked with at an environmental research institution.

The 75-year-old Rajendra Pachauri is also accused of stalking and criminal intimidation of the woman, a former colleague at The Energy and Resources Institute, or TERI, based in New Delhi.

Pachauri denies the allegations.

Last year, however, he resigned from both the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and from TERI after the researcher's allegations were published in Indian media.

Pachauri headed the four-decade-old research institution for more than 30 years.

In 2007, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the U.N. climate change panel, when the panel shared the award with former U.S. vice president Al Gore.

Some material for this report came from AP and AFP.

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