New Delhi: Former Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused in the Kerala nun abuse case, was sent to police custody till September 24, news agency ANI reported on Saturday. It is further informed that his bail application has been dismissed. Bishop was produced in front of the Magistrate court in Pala town of Kerala. Also Read - Citizens' Rights, Not Restrictions, Are Fundamental, Says Supreme Court in Anticipatory Bail Verdict
Earlier in the day, he was discharged from the hospital after he complained of chest pain, high blood pressure on Friday. He was arrested on Friday night arrested by the state police on the charges of rape. Also Read - Two Arrested For Helping Fugitive Dawood's Aide Launder Money
Mulakkal has been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing the nun between 2014 and 2016. Franco Mulakkal was questioned on Friday for the third consecutive day by the Kerala police even as the protests demanding his arrest grew. The bishop, who belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar, Punjab, has been questioned for seven hours each on two days starting Wednesday near here at a Crime Branch office.
Franco Mulakkal had earlier stepped down saying he was likely to be called for further clarifications by investigating officer in Kerala in connection with the case.
In a statement, the Jalandhar Diocese said that Franco Mulakkal stepped down as the required time to fight his case. The administration said that Bishop Mulakkal had written to the Pope on September 16 and expressed his “desire to step down temporarily from the responsibilities of the diocese”.
In a written complaint, the Kerala-based nun had accused the bishop of raping her repeatedly in May 2014 at a guest house in Kuravilangad. The nun who belongs to the Missionaries of Jesus Congregation of the Jalandhar diocese alleged that she was sexually exploited on several occasions by the bishop between 2014 and 2016, a charge which he denied. She took the matter to the police after the church authorities failed to act upon her allegations against the bishop.
George, an independent legislator who termed the rape victim nun a “prostitute” admitted that he shouldn’t have used that word. He had earlier said, “No one has doubt that the nun is a prostitute. 12 times she enjoyed it and the 13th time it is rape? Why didn’t she complain the first time?”