Update at 7:47 PM: A protest has been called for at Jantar Mantar in Delhi seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal in the Kerala Nun rape case.
Update at 2:11 PM: Commissioner of Police Jalandhar Parveen Sinha has told Republic TV that he has marked an inquiry and has asked the Station House officer to give him a fact-finding report
Update at 12:06 PM: Counsel of rape survivor nun to use the #BishopThreatTape in a petition in the Kerala High Court
After rape-accused Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal was grilled for hours during his interrogation at crime branch office in Kochi on Wednesday, the questioning of the bishop will continue on Thursday and commence from 11 am. However, there is no legal bar on his arrest. As per sources, the bishop denied all the charges against him and remained elusive and vague during the course of interrogation on the first day of interrogation. The Police demanded brief answers from the bishop for every question, however, he stated that he could not recollect his exact whereabouts.
Earlier on Wednesday, Republic TV has learnt that the Kottayam police has recorded the statement of senior priest Father James Aerthayil attached to the Kanjirappally diocese of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) whose conversation with Sister Anupama had stirred up a hornet's nest. Fr James has reportedly confessed to the investigation officer (IO) that he was trying to broker a deal between the companion sisters (who are also witnesses in the case), the complainant nun and the Jalandhar Diocese to drop charges against Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
In his statement to Kottayam police, Fr James has claimed that a certain Shobi George, known to be close to the Jalandhar Diocese, had approached him to mediate a deal to ensure that the witnesses are silenced and the complainant herself does not pursue the case legally any further.
Earlier on Tuesday, police sources 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:
Meanwhile, the Nuns have claimed that they will continue their hunger strike till the Bishop is arrested as the Kerala High Court adjourned the bail plea of Bishop to 25th September.