Bahrain envoy accused of assaulting housing society manager leaves India

Another complaint was lodged on Thursday after Al Khaja allegedly threatened to kill the victim.

Written by Srinath Rao | Mumbai | Published: December 29, 2013 1:37:35 am

Under fire for assaulting the manager of a Nepean Sea Road housing society,Bahrain’s consul general Mohammad Abul Aziz Al Khaja left the country on Friday following pressure from the Indian government,officials said.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had asked Bahrain’s Ambassador in Delhi to explain Al Khaja’s behaviour after an FIR was lodged at Malabar Hill police station in Mumbai on December 13,four days after the diplomat allegedly assaulted the 49-year-old woman manager of the housing society. Another complaint was lodged on Thursday after Al Khaja allegedly threatened to kill the victim. He could not be arrested as he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

A senior MEA official said,“We handle such cases promptly and in an appropriate manner,mindful of both our rights and obligations under the Vienna Conventions. We had communicated with Bahrain’s mission and expressed our views candidly. Bahrain has taken action as it considered appropriate.”

Top police officers confirmed that Al Khaja had left the country. “Senior officers of the Bahrain embassy came to Mumbai on Friday and escorted Al Khaja out of the country,” Krishna Prakash,additional commissioner of police (south) said.

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