Update at 11:51 am: All related cases in the matter will be heard in the Kerala Court on 24th September 2018
Update at 11:45 am: CBI inquiry is not necessary at this point in time. We are not rejecting the petition but we will tag it with the main petition: Court on order regarding the petition seeking CBI inquiry
Update at 11:45 am: You must show the patience which the victim has shown: Chief Justice
Update at 11:43 am: We have noted that the police have seized a lot of documents which are in the custody of police now for examination: Chief Justice
Update at 11:41 am: Are you interested in arrest or interested in conviction?: Judge
Update at 11:40 am: Steps should be taken to avoid intimidation of the people who are away: Judge
Update at 11:39 am: There is nothing alarming at the manner in which the investigation is undergoing, the accused is been summoned by Investigative Officer on 19th September inquiry: Chief Justice
Update at 11:37 am: Connecting the evidence in an old case is a complex process. The investigating officer is acting on behalf of the case and he isn't taking sides: Judge
Update at 11:31 am: Money is offered to family members of the victim and also they are getting threats continuously from the side of accused: Sandhya Raju, Counsel of the Nuns
Update at 11:30 am: Investigation is going across five states and seven districts of Kerala. Witnesses and evidence across these places are being examined: Public Prosecutor stating the points mentioned in the affidavit
Update at 11:21 am: Kerala Legislative Assembly's ethics committee to examine the remarks made by Kerala MLA (Independent) PC George against the nun (who was raped by Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal: Kerala Assembly Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan
Update at 11:12 am: Honourable Judges opening the sealed cover submitted by the Kerala police
Update at 11:11 am: Case hearing begins
Update at 11:11 am: The Director General of Prosecution has handed over the probe report in the High court. 'More security is been provided to the Nuns. A probe has also been initiated on the threats that the nuns have been receiving' says report
A big set of developments to Kerala Nun Rape Case, the Kerala police has submitted the second affidavit to the Kerala High Court inside a sealed cover. As per sources, the police has sought more time for the probe into the case. Meanwhile, a total of three cases will be heard in the Court on Thursday regarding the matter. They are as follows:
1) Petition by George Vattukulam demanding a fair investigation on the nun rape case
2) Petition filed by Kerala Catholic Reformation (KCRM) appealing the Court for an immediate arrest of accused Bishop Franco
3) Petition by V Rajendran seeking CBI investigation on Kerala Nun Rape Case
Earlier on Wednesday, Republic TV has accessed an 8-page affidavit submitted by Kerala Police's Investigating Officer regarding the Kerala Nun Rape Case to the Kerala High Court. In a clinching revelation, the document, submitted on August 13, 2018, reveals that as per initial investigation, the nun was repeatedly raped by Bishop Franco.
'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'
Earlier on Wednesday, Missionaries of Jesus said that it will lodge a complaint against those who are protesting against them and damaging their reputation. It also said that all those protesting have an intention of defaming the Bishop. Even as the nun has written to the Vatican seeking justice, the Kerala-based church body slammed those supporting the nun, saying, “eminent political and cultural personalities making false statements without knowing the truth.”
It also took on the Kerala police for supporting the nun, saying, “Kerala police is supporting the nun. That’s why such allegations are being leveled against the Bishop. The nun is spreading utter lies. If we don’t protest against this conspiracy, we will have to face the consequences from God.”
Earlier this week, the Kerala High Court on Monday directed Kerala government to inform about the steps taken by the Special Investigation Team of the Kerala Police probing the case of alleged rape of a nun by bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Roman Catholic Church. A bench comprising of Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice AK Jayansankaran Nambiar inquired whether the bishop was questioned by the team in Jalandhar when it went there about a month ago. It also asked the police to inform about the steps taken after the Jalandhar visit.
"Law is above all other things and it will take its own course," the court said and posted the case to Thursday for further hearing.