Former TERI head RK Pachauri dies at 79

Environmentalist RK Pachauri dies at 79

Environmentalist RK Pachauri dies at 79

He had undergone open heart surgery at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute after suffering a stroke in Mexico in July a year ago.

Pachauri passed away at his residence in the national capital with wife, daughter and son by his side. "He was suffering from cardiac issues".

Indian environmentalist Rajendra Pachauri, who led the United Nations climate change group that won a Nobel Peace Prize but whose later years were dogged by sexual harassment allegations, has died at the age of 79.

A source quoted in the report stated that Pachauri had an open-heart surgery but was put on the ventilator.

"TERI is what it is because of Dr Pachauri's untiring perseverance". His contribution to field of research in climate change and global warming has been acknowledged across the world.

He chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change panel from 2002 until he resigned in 2015 after an employee at his research firm accused him of sexual harassment.

TERI, short for New Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute, expressed "immense sadness" over Dr Pachauri's death. "He played a pivotal role in growing this institution, and making it a premier global organisation in the sustainability space", said Ajay Mathur, director general, Teri, who succeeded Pachauri in 2015.

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A Padma Bhushan victor, Pachauri conceptualised and launched the "Lighting a Billion Lives" initiative in 2008, to facilitate clean energy access for all.

Charges were framed against him in 2018 and Pachauri had pleaded not guilty.

Before his health deteriorated, Pachauri was directing efforts towards two organizations which he recently founded Protect Our Planet Movement and the World Sustainable Development Forum, the statement read. Pachauri, however, denied the allegations saying his emails and mobile phone were hacked.

Pachauri was born on 20 August, 1940 in Nainital, Uttarakhand, and studied at La Martiniere College in Lucknow and at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar.

Dr Pachauri has consistently defended his innocence in the matter.

After the FIR was registered in February 2015, Pachauri was given anticipatory bail the next month.

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