New Delhi: Kerala MLA PC George on Friday defended rape accused former bishop Franco Mulakkal saying that one of the investigating officials is trying to frame the priest. George said that the investigating official intimidated a photographer and made him give a statement that the victim, the nun, seemed dull and upset.

He further went on to add that he has seen photographs and videos of the nun with Franco Mulakkal that was clicked on the day of the alleged incident and those pictures showed the nun both happy and pleasant. He added that he is unable to reveal the pictures as it is forbidden by law.

This isn’t the first time that the independent MLA has spoken in favour of the rape accused Roman Catholic priest. Earlier, George had sparked a huge controversy after he had accused the Kerala nun, who was allegedly raped by Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese, of being ‘a prostitute’.

George had 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?”

Later, George retracted from his statement after receiving flak. He had then said, “I am against the behaviour of the nun. According to me, she is not a nun.. To refer any women as a prostitute is wrong. It is a personal disregard. I should not use such a word. But I strongly stand by the statement which I had said regarding that woman, that’s a fact.. I am strongly against her behaviour. Her behaviour is not like a Christian.”

Former Bishop Franco Mulakkal, the accused in the Kerala nun abuse case, has been arrested by the state police on the charges of rape on Friday. As per TV reports, Franco Mulakkal will be produced before the magistrate within 24 hours of his arrest. 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 grilled for several hours on two days starting Wednesday near here at a Crime Branch office.