NEW DELHI -- Former chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) RK Pachauri's electronic devices were not hacked, according to a forensic analysis, reported The Economic Times' Raghav Ohri on Wednesday. Pachauri, who was accused of sexual harassment last year by one of his female colleagues, had claimed that his phone and computer were hacked, and he was a victim of "unknown cyber criminals".
According to the report, the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Gandhinagar has sent a confidential report to Delhi Police, where it has said "no suspected or unusual activity was observed" in any of the seven devices (including computers, laptops and mobile phones) Pachauri used during the time of the alleged sexual harassment.
Interestingly, even though Pachauri in his first response following the sexual harassment allegations had told ET, "From your email, I have come to know the factum that my computer resources including my email ids, mobile phones and WhatsApp messages have been hacked and that unknown cyber criminals have gone ahead and have unauthorisedly accessed my computer resources and communication devices and further committed various criminal activities", his defence has since then chosen to move away from this claim.
Earlier this year, Pachauri's defence counsel Ashish Dixit told HuffPost India, "We have never raised a plea of hacking."
"It has always been that of 'misuse'. He took this stance even before the ICC (TERI's internal complaints committee)."
When HuffPost India reached out to Dixit following the FSL report, he declined to comment until the report reached Pachauri and his legal team.
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