Bangalore: French embassy official Pascal Mazurier, who was accused of raping his four-year-old daughter, has been granted bail by the Karnataka High Court. 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 daughter in June 2012.
Pascal has to surrender his passport and cannot leave without the jurisdiction of the court. He also has to give a surety of Rs 1 lakh. He cannot affect the evidence or influence witnesses.
After having his bail plea rejected by a Fast Track Court in July, Mazurier 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.