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Catholic bishop accused of raping nun arrested by Indian police

Catholic bishop accused of raping nun arrested by Indian police

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. The police in this regard have said that they are under no pressure to refrain from arresting the Bishop if he were to be found guilty after the interrogation.

"After examining him only a decision will be taken".

Mulakkal has been accused of repeated rape and sexual assault by a Kerala-based nun of his own religious order, but he has denied the allegations. The police had questioned the bishop once on August 13, nearly two months after the complaint was filed but the case had been kept in cold storage after that.

When asked if the investigation team will take action against those who came out in support of Bishop Mullakal, Sankar stated that separate cases have been registered in such matters, and are being investigated, adding that arrests will be made when the evidence is ample. Sister Lucy, a Catholic nun from Mananthavady, said everyone of good will stood with the protesters in their demand for justice.

#11.00 am: Accused Jalandhar Ex-Bishop Franco Mulakkal arrives at Crime Branch (CID) in Kochi where he will be interrogated by a 5-member team for the second day on Thursday. Bishop Mulakkal claims the accusations are baseless and aim to deflate the disciplinary action he had initiated against the nun.

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Other activists continued their hunger strike at the same venue and promised not to stop until the bishop is arrested.

The Bishop has been arrested on charges of raping a 44-year-old nun between 2014 and 2016. The statement said that the nuns have been influenced by some people to take such a step.

#4.30 pm: The Vatican relieves Franco Mulakkal of his pastoral duties in Diocese of Jalandhar.

Inspector General Vijay Sakhre, Kottayam Superintendent Harishankar and his deputy K. Subhash held a meeting at the IG office in Kochi ahead of the interrogation. "Even if he is accused of rape, he is still our guru", he said.

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