"We learn that Saudi Embassy First Secretary Mr. Majed Hassan Ashoor, who is allegedly accused of abusing two Nepali maids, has left India. The first secretary being a diplomat is governed by the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a statement.

The diplomat was accused by the two Nepalese women of rape and Gurgaon Police had filed a first information report in the case. However, the Vienna Convention provides for diplomatic immunity to serving diplomats and their immediate families.

Earlier, Gurgaon Police had requested access to the Saudi Arabian diplomat, facing charges of confinement and rape of two Nepalese women, for 'interrogation' from the External Affairs Ministry.

"The Gurgaon Police had requested for the access to the diplomat vide letters dated September 9 and 10," Gurgaon Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said today.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson in External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swaroop confirmed that the diplomat left the country yesterday. "We have learnt that the first secretary Majed Hassan Ashoor who was allegedly accused of raping two Nepalese women has left India," he said.
It is learnt that the MEA had put pressure on the Saudi Embassy to allow the questioning of the diplomat given the gravity of the allegations in the case involving confinement and rape of the two women, following which Saudi Arabia decided to withdraw the diplomat.

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