A local court in Kottayam today sent former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal to three-day police custody in connection with a rape case involving a nun. The court also rejected the Bishop's bail plea.
Kerala nun rape case: A local court in Kottayam today sent former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal to police custody till September 24 in connection with a rape case involving a nun. The court also rejected the Bishop’s bail plea. During the course of argument in the court, police said that Mulakkal visited the convent in Kerala with an intention of sexually assaulting the victim and repeatedly raped her between 2014 and 2016.
Police said that on May 5 in 2014, he illegally confined the lady in room number 20 of the guest house at around 10:48 pm and subjected her to unnatural sexual assault. Police said that the accused even threatened the victim of dire consequences if she ever reports about the incident. Police said that on May 6, the Bishop raped the nun, adding that between 2014 and 2016, she was subjected to rape and unnatural sex for 13 times in the same room of the guest house.
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The rape accused Bishop, who was heading the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar, was arrested by police on Friday after three days of rigorous questioning. The 54-year-old is accused of raping a Kerala nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016. He was brought to the magistrate court around 1.15 pm amid tight security. His lawyers moved the application, submitting that the clergyman was arrested after a three-day-long interrogation by the probe team. Opposing the plea, the police said his three-day custody was required to complete the investigation in the case.
Recording the submissions, the magistrate granted two-day custody of the bishop to police, till 2.30 pm on Monday.
Earlier, Mulakkal was discharged from the Government Medical College Hospital here. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday night following complaints of chest pain while being taken to Kottayam Police club from the Crime Branch office at Thrippunithura in Ernakulam.
The case was filed in June by the nun. In her complaint to the Kottayam Police, she had alleged that Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions. The nun had said that she was forced to approach the police as the church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the Mulakkal.
This is first time in the country that a bishop has been arrested for rape and he has been charged for illegal confinement, rape, unnatural sex and criminal intimidation.