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Nun rape: Kerala High Court grants conditional bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal

In her complaint to the Kottayam Police in June, the nun had alleged that Bishop Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions

Kochi: The Kerala High Court Monday granted conditional bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal accused of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun.

Granting the bail, the court directed the Bishop to surrender his passport and not to enter Kerala State except for appearing before the probe officer once in two weeks on Saturdays. This condition would be applicable till a charge sheet is filed in the case.

The priest had approached the high court for bail after a magistrate court extended his judicial remand.

In her complaint to the Kottayam Police in June, the nun had alleged that Bishop Mulakkal had raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and subsequently, sexually exploited her on several occasions over a period of two years from 5 May 2014. She said she had to approach the police as the church authorities did not act even after repeated complaints.

Earlier on 3 October, the High Court had dismissed the bail plea of the bishop while accepting the prosecution argued that the accused, holding a high position in will try to influence witnesses in the case if given bail.

The 54-year- Bishop, currently lodged in a sub-jail in Pala in Kottayam district, moved the high court again after a magistrate court extended his judicial remand.

Police opposed the bail application of the clergyman, saying the investigation was still on in the case.

The nun said she had to approach the police as church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman.

However, Mulakkal has denied the charges as “baseless and concocted,” insisting she levelled those as the Catholic order had rejected her demand for favours. He had last month stepped aside as the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese.

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