Former United Nations Chief Faces Trial in India For Sexual Offenses

India’s former United Nations climate chief Rajendra Pachauri has been given a clean chit by an Indian court which ruled that there is not enough evidence against Pachauri. Rajendra Pachauri was booked on charges of stalking and sexual harassment in a case filed by a former female colleague in New Delhi.

Lawyer Ashish Dixit, who represented Rajendra Pachauri before the magistrate on Friday, said there was no case against him and he will fight the charges during the trial, according to Press Trust of India

This has not been easy. This is a big step towards the truth. I am relieved, and exhausted fighting Pachauri,” the complainant told reporters after Friday’s court ruling. Police registered the case against Pachauri after the female colleague accused him three years ago of sexual harassment, stalking and criminal intimidation.

He has denied the allegations but resigned from both the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and TERI after the woman’s accusations were made public. Pachauri had chaired the U.N. climate panel — considered the world’s authority on climate science — and had accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on its behalf. The panel shared the award with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

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