India asks Saudi to present diplomat before police
New Delhi: India on
Thursday asked Saudi Arabia to present its diplomat, accused of rape and
torture of two Nepalese women, before investigators and cooperate with the
probe into the case that has triggered outrage.
Ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati was called to the External Affairs Ministry and
told that the accused diplomat should give a statement to the Gurgaon police
probing the case.
“MEA Chief of Protocol
called in Saudi Ambassador today and conveyed request of Haryana Police for
cooperation of Embassy in the case of two Nepali citizens,” Spokesperson in the
Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup said.
It is learnt that the
diplomat along with his family has shifted to the Saudi Embassy while the two
Nepalese women have left for Nepal earlier in the day.
The MEA called in the
Saudi envoy, a day after it received a "detailed report" about the
case from Gurgaon Police. The report was sent to MEA hours after a second
medical examination of the two women confirmed rape and sodomy, said Rajesh
Chechi, ACP (Crime) of Gurgaon Police.
Asked whether Saudi
Arabia has invoked diplomatic immunity of the diplomat, accused of confining
and raping the women at his house in Gurgaon, to enable him escape prosecution,
sources said India has not been informed about any such move.
The two women were
rescued from the diplomat's house in Gurgaon on Monday by police.
Sources said Nepal
government has requested India to take action against the Saudi diplomat and
ensure justice to the victim women.
The option for Saudi
Arabia include shifting the diplomat out of India, while New Delhi has the
option of declaring him persona non grata if he does not cooperate with the
The Saudi Embassy had
issued a statement on Wednesday terming the allegations as "false"
and said it has protested police "intrusion" into a diplomat's house
against "all diplomatic conventions".
The Saudi Ambassador
along with some embassy officials had also met senior MEA officials on
Wednesday to register their protest.
Meanwhile, a group of
women rights activists held a protest outside Saudi Embassy demanding action
against the diplomat. They demanded that no diplomatic immunity be extended to