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Kerala Nun Rape Case | Here's The List Of Evidence That Led To Bishop Franco Mulakkal's Arrest

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal was arrested on Friday, 87 days after a complaint was filed against him in connection with the Nun rape case. He appeared before Pala Court on Saturday where Police produced papers to gain custody of Bishop Franco. Meanwhile, the legal team of Bishop had already reached Pala magistrate court to file a bail petition. Here's the list of evidence as per the cops that lead to Bishop's arrest:

  • The medical report of the aggrieved nun from Kottayam medical college hospital
  • The evidence produced by the nun at the Changanassery Court regarding the date and time of the incident
  • Evidence that proved that the bishop was accompanied by the nun during the period mentioned in her statement, however, the Bishop contended the statements
  • Messages the Bishop had sent through mobile to the nun between 2014 and 2015
  • Statements by other nuns and priests in the congregation against the Bishop
  • Statements by the priests in the Attappady retreat center regarding the Nun's absolution during 2016 March

Meanwhile, the protestors seeking justice for the Nun have concluded their protest after the arrest of Bishop and ended their hunger strike on Saturday.  While talking about the arrest of Bishop, SP Kottayam Hari Shankar informed: 

"The investigating officer in the nun rape case has found that the bishop has committed the crime. We cannot reveal about the confession as the matter is under sub-judice. After checking all the facts we have come to this conclusion". 

However, Catholic Bishops Commission of India has condemned the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal in the Kerala nun rape case, stating it is a 'sad moment'. 

 As per sources, the bishop denied all the charges against him and remained elusive and vague during the course of interrogation. The Police demanded brief answers from the bishop for every question, however, he stated that he could not recollect his exact whereabouts.

The Bishop has been constant in his denial to the rape victim nun's allegations, who accused her of rape between 2014 and 2016. He had even filed an anticipatory bail in the Kerala High Court, which was deferred to September 25.