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Court acquits suspended French consular official of rape

Court said that he was innocent as DNA test was also negative

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Mazurier Pascal
Mazurier Pascal

A city on Wednesday acquitted a suspended French consular official here of the charge of raping his minor daughter, on the grounds that he was "falsely implicated" and was innocent.

Special judge B S Rekha held that there was no evidence to prove that had committed the crime and he was innocent as the test was negative.

His estranged wife, Suja Jones Mazurier, had filed an application in the to charge Pascal forcommitting unnatural offences on his minor daughter.

The daughter in 2012 was three years old.

Suja and Pascal were married in France in 2001 and have three children. The family had moved to in 2008.

She had also submitted a medical report from the Collaborative Child Response Unit of the Baptist Hospital, confirming the child was raped.

Judge of the special for child rights Shubha Goudar had on February 11 framed charges against Pascal for allegedly raping his daughter, under section 376 (punishment for rape).

The had on January 7 refused to discharge Pascal, ruling there was sufficient evidence for him to face trial.

Pascal had filed an application seeking discharge from the case contending there was no necessity of a trial since the investigation had not proved his involvementin the offence. He also had written a letter in 2014 to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking speedy disposal of case.

Pascal was arrested on June 19, 2012 based on the complaint filed by his wife, a Keralite.

First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 20:44 IST