French official faces arrest over rape charge

Pascal Mazurier, a French official in Bangalore, is accused of raping his 3-year-old daughter.

Bangalore/New Delhi: Pascal Mazurier, the French official in Bangalore who is accused of raping his 3-year-old daughter, faces arrest after the Centre and France on Monday made it clear that he does not enjoy any diplomatic immunity and that police can take action against him.

Police have registered a case of rape against Mazurier, Deputy Head of Chancery in the Consulate of France, Bangalore.

"An investigation is under way for which this Consulate General is extending its full cooperation with the police and the authorities in charge in the matter," a statement issued by the Consulate-General of France said.

French government sources said in Delhi that Indian law will take its course as the accused working in its Bangalore Consulate does not hold a diplomatic passport and enjoys no immunity.

The Union Home Ministry has asked the Karnataka Police to approach the French Consul General in Banglaore to get access to Mazurier.

Official sources said Mazurier is now taking shelter at the Consulate nd has not come out of the complex.

Since the diplomatic mission is a French property, police so far have not been able to enter it and hence no action has been taken against him.

"We have asked the Karnataka Police to approach the French Consul General to get access to Mazurier," a source said.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Ministry sources said Mazurier "holds a service passport and not a diplomatic passport" and does not have diplomatic immunity. He can be tried in India, they said.

Police sources said the charges against him are fit for an arrest.

Mazurier`s wife Suja Jones, an Indian citizen, has accused him of of raping their daughter and has requested that he be restrained from leaving the country till legal proceedings were completed and that under no circumstance should he be allowed custody of their three children who are French nationals.