In an open letter, the former employee at (The Energy and Resources Institute) TERI, the 29-year-old girl said the decision by TERI's Governing Council was 'disgusting' as it appointed Pachauri with operational powers to run the body despite grave criminal charges pending against him.

However, Pachauri's lawyer Ashish Dixit said there was nothing wrong in the appointment and the complainant was trying to keep the controversy alive and delay the court proceedings.

"Shamelessness abounds! The news of promotion of a man who stands booked on charges of sexual harassment at workplace, stalking and criminal intimidation by country's who's who makes my flesh crawl", the complainant said.

Yesterday, Pachauri was appointed executive vice-chairman of TERI, a post created for him, though judicial proceedings were pending against him for alleged sexual harassment. Pachauri is currently out on bail.

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