Kochi: A five-member team led by Vaikom Deputy SP K Subhash has arrived at the Crime Branch today to interrogate accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal regarding the Kerala nun rape case. A notice was sent by the Punjab police to the bishop last week seeking his presence before the Kerala police for further investigation in the case. Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who wrote in a letter on September 16 to step aside from his post, will meet Vaikom Deputy Superintendent of Police K Subhash for the interrogation. Meanwhile, Kottayam SP Harisankar joined the meeting between Vaikom DySP K Subhash & Kochi Range IG Vijay Sakhare that is underway at latter’s residence in Kochi, reported ANI.
While the case is filled with errors in statements made by witnesses, the accused and the complainant, Inspector General Vijay Sakre told reporters, “This is an old case and is based primarily on oral statements. It is very difficult to gather scientific and technical evidence. We have to ensure that contradictions are ironed out suitably. As part of that process, Bishop Franco has been summoned to appear before the investigating officer on September 19 and notice for the same has already been sent.”
In the wake of the rape allegations against the bishop, the victim nun has been receiving a lot of death threats. Therefore police have tightened the security of the nun. The bishop is also facing a lot of opposition. Defending the bishop, Father Peter K, the public relations officer for the Jalandhar diocese, claimed that the protest is “a politically-motivated anti-Christian movement.”
Supporting the nun in the case, Kerala minister and CPI (M) leader EP Jayarajan reportedly said, “Nuns protesting is a sad thing and the government is with the victim. They need not be concerned. We will take the right decision at the right time. Police will book culprits with the support of evidence. The investigation is on the right path. No one should try to outrage the modesty of a woman.”
(With inputs from Agencies)