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Kerala Nun Rape Case: August Police Probe Reveals 15 Contradictions Made By Rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Few hours after rape-accused Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal filed an anticipatory bail application in Kerala High Court, Police sources have revealed the details of August questioning of the accused Bishop
  • The Police sources have told Republic TV that over 15 contradictions were made by Bishop Franco in his earlier statement to police

Update at 2:22 pm: Kerala High Court adjourns the bail plea matter to 25th September 


Few hours after rape-accused Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal filed an anticipatory bail application in Kerala High Court, Police sources have revealed the details of August questioning of the accused Bishop. The Police sources have told Republic TV that over 15 contradictions were made by Bishop Franco in his earlier statement to police. The main and glaring of them are:

  • Bishop Franco has told police that on 5th may, 2014, the first day that the complainant alleged that rape took place, he was not in Kuruvilangad mission home, where the crime took place but was instead in the neighbouring district of Idukki
  • Statement of mother superior of the Idukki mission home and the statement of Bishop Franco's personal driver contradict this statement
  • Furthermore, the visitor's register at Kuruvilangad home, as well as 2 other nuns who were present there, confirm his presence there to the police
  • The complainant has alleged that on 13 instances she was sexually assaulted by Bishop Franco but in his interrogation, Franco has admitted to having visited the Kuruvilgad home just 9 times, again a claim contradicted by the visitor's register

Father Franco Mulackal is not new in controversy. When he was Father in Trinity College near Church Nagar in Jalandhar, he was also roped in the investigation of Father Mark Barnes death which took place in Amritsar in 2005. Anne Wakeling, the sister of the deceased father, filed a case in Punjab and Haryana High Court against 12 people including the then Franco Trinity college. It was a case of vandalism of Father body Amritsar. A case was  registered under section 295/295-A/297 IPC civil lines amritsar.  However, the then father Franco Mulackal had also filed a petition in the court against father sister in the high court. 

Here's the copy of the petition:

Read: Kerala Nun Rape Case: Rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal Writes To Pope Francis Ahead Of Appearance In The Investigation And Seeks Permission To Step Aside From Duties

Earlier on Tuesday, the counsel of Bishop Mulakkal has confirmed to Republic TV that the plea will be filed between 11 am and 1 pm on Tuesday. In the anticipatory bail plea, the Bishop is likely to state that he is ready to inform that he is ready to cooperate with the probe but that the investigating team must refrain from arresting him.

Bishop Mulakkal's counsel is also likely to file supporting documents over his claim that there is no rape involved in this case. On Monday, the Bishop had written to the Vatican seeking Pope Francis' permission to step aside from his duties, which he had done earlier in any case in another letter.

In the letter to the Vatican, Bishop Mulakkal wrote, among other things:

  • 'The allegations against the Bishop are sad and painful to the faithful'
  • 'Bishop Mulakkal believes in the triumph of truth'
  • 'The Bishop has written to the Pope and expressed his desire to temporarily resign from the administration and has sought permission for the same'
  • 'There have been indications from the High Court with regard to his innocence in the allegations that have been leveled against him'
  • 'Because he has to travel very often to Kerala, take part in investigations and matters related to the case, he has expressed his desire to temporarily resign from the post'
  • 'This letter has been handed over to the Vatican representative. Hoping for permission from the Vatican at the earliest'.

On September 11, the victim, against whom there has been a slander campaign in which church group Missionaries of Jesus has also been pulled up for posting her photo and revealing her identity, had also written to the Vatican seeking justice. In her seven-page letter, she spoke about the "sexual exploitation that she suffered from Bishop Franco from 2014 to 2016". The complainant's sister has also embarked on a hunger strike till the Bishop is arrested.

The Kerala police has thus far submitted two affidavits in the case. In the first affidavit, which was filed on August 13, the investigation officer had concluded based on his probe that the victim nun had been raped repeatedly. 

"During the investigation conducted so far and available evidence collected, it is revealed that the accused bishop committed unnatural offence and commitment rape repeatedly on different dates from 05/05/2018 to 23/09/2016 (name not to be revealed) against the will and consent of her by abusing the dominance over her as bishop of Jalandhar after confining her in the guest room of St Francis mission home'"

 

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