Pala (Kerala): A Kerala Court on Saturday extended the judicial custody of Kerala nun rape case accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal. He was arrested for allegedly raping a nun repeatedly between 2014 and 2016, till October 20. Also Read - 'Talked About Sex on Video Calls', Fresh Allegations Levelled Against Rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal
The accused underwent medical checkups regularly and was produced before Judge M Lekshmi of the Pala Judicial Magisterial Court afterwards. Judge M. Lekshmi extended his judicial custody for another couple of weeks. After three days of interrogation, the bishop was arrested on September 21. The bishop was then sent to two weeks of judicial custody by the Pala Judicial Magisterial Court on September 24. Also Read - Kerala Nun Rape Scandal: Nun Who Was Expelled After Protest Against Bishop Franco Mulakkal Files Plaint of Wrongful Confinement
The entire court proceedings took a matter of five minutes. Mulakkal informed the court that he has no issues with the Pala sub-jail, where he was kept ever since he was remanded. However, his counsel informed the media that in the coming week, they will approach the Kerala High Court again seeking bail. Also Read - Kerala Nun Rape Case: SIT Files Chargesheet Against Franco Mulakkal
On October 3, the Kerala High Court denied Mulakkal’s bail plea as Justice V. Raja Vijayaraghavan observed that there was evidence against the bishop. Mulakkal, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar, Punjab, is the first bishop in the country to be sent to jail on charges of rape and since then he has been getting a steady stream of high profile visitors including leading politicians.
(With IANS inputs)