Kerala nun rape case: Accused Franco Mulakkal arrested

24 September, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun is escorted by police outside a crime branch office on the outskirts of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala India

NDTV reported that the accused Bishop arrived at the Crime Branch Office along with a counsel and other priests at around 11 am.

Kottayam Superintendent of Police Harishankar told the media they wanted to finish the interrogation on Thursday but could not do so. The interview lasted till the evening and will continue for a second day on September 20.

Earlier this month, she alleged that the bishop was using "political and money power" to "bury" the case and was seeking his removal in a fourth letter to the Vatican's representative in New Delhi.

Police have sought legal opinion as to whether Mulakkal, whose anticipatory bail plea is pending before the high court, can be arrested before his petition is disposed of.

Pope Francis had on Thursday temporarily relieved the senior Catholic priest of his pastoral duties. The nun had claimed that most of the times it was unnatural sex. He was driven in an innocuous Volkswagen Polo vehicle along with his public relations officer, Fr Peter Kavumpuram, and a lawyer.

"After examining him only a decision will be taken". Backed by activists and students, the nuns demanded the bishop be prosecuted.

Mulakkal has been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing the nun between 2014 and 2016.

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She said she had to approach the police as the church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman. Following her complaint, the bishop was booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code.

The bishop has given interviews denying wrongdoing.

Kerala independent MLA PC Goerge once again sparked controversy on the Kerala nun rape case.

Rape accused Franco Mulakkal was arrested by Kerala Police today. They had also staged a protest Wednesday. They intimidated the photographer and made him give a statement that the victim seemed tiresome and upset, " he also said. We are with the victim. The government is with the nuns staging the protest. In a statement, the congregation said, "We strongly condemn the protest in Kochi". "If the allegations are proved right, we are ready to boycott him". The statement has also said that the allegations against the bishop are completely baseless. "Perhaps the police are under pressure", he said.

"I'm ready to submit this before the investigation team".

On Saturday, he will be produce before the Pala magistrate court, and the police would File an application before the court, for three-day police custody for some further interrogation.

"He is charged with rape", said Kochi's inspector general of police, Vijay Sakhare.

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