Cops register 2nd case against Bahrain counsul general for threatening manager of the housing society in Mumbai

Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 8:40am IST | Agency: DNA

A second case was registered against consul general of Bahrain Abdulaziz Al Khaja late on Thursday night for allegedly abusing and threatening to kill the manager of a housing society at Napean Sea Road.  

Earlier this month, the manager, a woman, had registered a case of alleged molestation against the consul general at the Malabar Hill police station. Following this, she has been provided police protection. However, the police say they cannot take any action against Khaja because he enjoys diplomatic immunity.   

According to the complaint, Khaja had come to the Silver Arch housing society office on the second floor on Thursday afternoon and was talking to the society’s chairman. Khaja lives on the forth floor of this building.  

“While they were talking, Khaja reportedly pointed a finger at the victim, who was also present, used abusive language and threatened to kill her. This was probably due to the complaint filed by the victim against Khaja on December 9,” said a police officer.        

The victim lodged another complaint against Khaja. “We have registered a case against Khaja. This is the second case that has been filed by the victim. Since the chairman is an eyewitness in the second case, we would record his statement soon,” the officer said.

Additional commissioner of police (south region) Krishna Prakash said, “We have registered the second case based on the statement given by the victim.”     

Meanwhile, the police have sent documents of the first case against Khaja to the Ministry of External Affairs so that necessary action can be initiated against him. According to police, On December 9, when Khaja found a lift non-functional, he approached the manager (victim). The manager alleged that Khaja was angry and he was kicking the lift door. When she tried to calm him down he started abusing her. 

The victim also alleged in her first complaint that Khaja had pushed her and threatened her with dire consequences. “The victim was scared after the incident. Therefore, she has been provided with a male and a female constable for her security,” added the officer.

Since Khaja enjoys diplomatic immunity, it will be difficult for the police to take action against him.
“As per the UN charter, a diplomat enjoys complete immunity from all charges and cannot be tried in an Indian court. At the most, he can be sent back. Their government can be requested to try the offence considering that the offence was committed in their country,” said HK Sudhakar, advocate, Bombay high court.

The case so far
On Dec 9, when Khaja found a lift non-functional, he approached the manager (victim). The ma-nager alleged that Khaja was angry and he was kicking the lift door. When she tried to calm him down he started abusing her.  In her first complaint, the victim claimed that Khaja had pushed her and threatened her with dire consequences in her society office.

In the second case, he reportedly used abusive language and threatened to kill her. The chairman was present when the incident occurred.


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