New Delhi: Former Bishop of Jalandhar Diocese Franco Mulakkal, who was arrested on charges of raping a nun, was sent to two weeks judicial custody till October 6, after being produced before a magistrate court in Pala. The court had on Saturday rejected his bail plea and sent him to two days police custody which ended on Monday. Also Read - Kerala Court Summons Bishop Franco Mulakkal For Trial In Nun's Rape Case on November 11
His bail plea will come up in the Kerala High Court later in the day. A medical check-up of the bishop was conducted at the Kottayam Police Club where he was kept since Saturday. Mulakkal would be lodged at a sub jail in Kottayam district unless the high court gives him bail. Also Read - Kerala Nun Rape Scandal: Nun Who Was Expelled After Protest Against Bishop Franco Mulakkal Files Plaint of Wrongful Confinement
Police in its remand report has accused the Bishop of subjecting the nun to alleged unnatural sex and threatening the victim. As per the remand report, Mulakkal came to the convent with the alleged intention of sexually assaulting the victim. Also Read - Kerala Nun Rape: Church Issues Another Warning to Protesting Nun Lucy Kalapura, Tells Her to Change Attitude or She Would be Dismissed
On 5 May 2014, he allegedly illegally confined her in room no. 20 of the guest house at around 10:48 pm and subjected her to unnatural sexual assault. Mulakkal alllegedly threatened the victim of dire consequences if she ever revealed the incident.
Remand report further mentioned that he allegedly raped her on the next day (May 6, 2014) as well. Between 2014 to 2016, the victim was subjected to alleged rape and unnatural sex for 13 times in the same room.
(With inputs from agencies)