Bangalore: Accused of raping daughter, French envoy says he's been framed

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Nov 08, 2012 at 10:54pm IST

Bangalore: French diplomat Pascal Mazurier, who is accused of raping his daughter in Bangalore, has said that he's been framed. Pascal has filed a police complaint seeking investigation. He claims that there is no DNA evidence against him in his daughter's rape case.

Pascal also said that he wanted the safety of his children first. He said he hadn't got any access to his children since he came out on bail.

Pascal Mazurier was granted bail by the Karnataka High Court on October 17. Mazurier, who was the Chief of Joint Chancellerie in the Consulate of France, was arrested and sent to judicial custody after his Indian wife Suja Jones accused him of sexually harassing their four-year-old daughter in June 2012.

Pascal was asked to surrender his passport and he cannot leave without the jurisdiction of the court. He was also asked to give a surety of Rs 1 lakh. After having his bail plea rejected by a Fast Track Court in July, Pascal moved the High Court on August 7. The rape case was filed by Pascal's Indian wife.

On September 12, the Karnataka Police filed a chargesheet against him, charging him with rape. "The investigating officer filed the chargesheet against the accused in the Eighth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Court on September 12. He is charged under section 376 of the IPC for raping his minor daughter. During the investigation he was found guilty," said DCP (Central) BR Ravikanthe Gowda.

Sources said that the 150-page chargesheet included more than 60 statements of witnesses, statements of both the complainant and the accused, medical certificates, reports of DNA tests, FSL reports and copies of other circumstantial evidence.

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