New Delhi: Accused Jalandhar Bishop in the Kerala nun rape case, Franco Mulakkal, on Tuesday alleged that the rape allegation against him by a Kerala nun was a conspiracy against the church. Speaking to news agency ANI, Bishop Mulakkal said that he feels nuns are being used by the people and several others are taking advantage of the situation.Also Read - Kerala Court Allows Sister Lucy to Stay at FCC Convent

“I feel there are people who are against the church, they’re using these sisters. This is a conspiracy and several people are taking advantage of the situation, they are putting sisters at the forefront,” Franco Mulakkal, accused of allegedly raping a nun, said. Speaking of the interrogation in the rape case, he said that there were many contradictions in the nun’s statement. Also Read - Kerala Nun Rape Scandal: Nun Who Was Expelled After Protest Against Bishop Franco Mulakkal Files Plaint of Wrongful Confinement

“Police questioned me for 9 hrs. They took her (the victim nun) statement too and there were contradictions. They (police) are studying it as to who’s speaking the truth,” he said, adding, “I’ve heard they’re (nuns) protesting. It’s their right to protest.” Also Read - Kerala Nun Rape Case: Transfer Orders Given to Four Nuns For Allegedly Campaigning Against Franco Mulakkal Cancelled by Church

Earlier in the day, the nuns, who have been protesting for last four days seeking arrested of the accused Bishop Mulakkal, alleged that Mother General Sr. Regina was informed of the rape by the Jalandhar Bishop but she wants to support the accused fearing that her position will be taken away.

“When we came to protest, knew it’ll be life-threatening. Had complained to Mother General Sr.Regina but she wants to support Bishop, fearing that if she doesn’t, her position will be taken away,” Nuns in Kochi demanding the arrest of Jalandhar Bishop told news agency ANI.