Kottayam: Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was admitted to a government hospital on Saturday over complaints of chest pain, high blood pressure, has been discharged. His health deteriorated hours after his arrest in connection with Kerala nun rape case on Friday. The bishop was questioned by the police for three consecutive days at a Crime Branch office in Thrippunithura in Ernakulam district. The protests demanding the arrest of the bishop grew, while he was questioned by a five-member team headed by Vaikom Deputy Superintendent of Police, K Subhash, over the rape allegations. Also Read - 'Talked About Sex on Video Calls', Fresh Allegations Levelled Against Rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal

While he was taken by the police to Kottayam Police club on Friday night, he complained of chest pain. Immediately, the bishop was admitted to a government taluk hospital in Thrippunithura. Later he was shifted to a Medical College Hospital when the vehicle he travelled reached Ettumanoor at around 11 pm on Friday. The 54-year-old bishop was under observation in the cardiology section of the college after he experienced a hike in his blood pressure, said sources from the college. Also Read - Kerala Nun Rape Scandal: Nun Who Was Expelled After Protest Against Bishop Franco Mulakkal Files Plaint of Wrongful Confinement



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. Also Read - Kerala Nun Rape Case: SIT Files Chargesheet Against Franco Mulakkal

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?”



(With inputs from Agency)