Kerala: Rape Accused Bishop Interrogated By Police For Over Six Hour

Catholic bishop accused of raping nun arrested by Indian police

Kerala: Rape Accused Bishop Interrogated By Police For Over Six Hour

Dozens of nuns, activists and advocates have protested outside a court demanding his prosecution.

Claiming that there was no such law that barred arrest during the pendency of a bail petition, Kerala DGP Loknath Behra on Thursday said a decision on apprehending bishop Franco Mulakkal, who has been accused of rape by a nun, would be taken in a day or two. The bishop was taken for a medical examination after his arrest. The case has reached the high echelons of the Catholic hierarchy and has been brought to the notice of the Vatican, reports said. The SP maintained that the decision to arrest the bishop would be taken after Friday's questioning.

Today, in an article published in CPI (M) mouthpiece "Deshabhimani", Mr Balakrishnan said, "Some forces are trying to portray the nuns' protest as against the government".

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He said the investigating officer was free to take a call on the issue. However, the police reportedly submitted an affidavit which states that investigations so far reveal that the bishop had abused his position of power and raped the nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

Mulakkal, the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Missionaries of Jesus, the congregation to which the alleged victim also belongs, was grilled by the SIT headed by Dy SP K Subhash for seven hours on Wednesday.

Kottayam Superintendent of Police Hari Sankar has said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case would complete the interrogation Friday.

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On Wednesday, the Jalandhar Bishop was interrogated for almost seven hours since 11 in the morning. REUTERS/Sivaram V Bishop Franco Mulakkal (2nd R), accused of raping a nun, is pictured outside a crime branch office on the outskirts of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala, India, September 19, 2018. A plea of anticipatory bail moved by the bishop is set to come up for hearing before the High Court next week and that is also likely to be a factor to be considered by the police before taking any decision on his arrest.

Possibly realising that his options were narrowing down, the bishop formally requested the Vatican to relieve him of the responsibilities.

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