Update at 1:18 PM: Kerala Church Body issue two page letter, says 'Some trying to destabilize the Church'
Update at 1:18 PM: Bishop Franco Mulakkal's bail plea rejected, sent to judicial custody till October 6 by Pala Judicial Magistrate Court
Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal will be produced before the Pala Judicial Magistrate Court on Monday at 2:30 pm. The Police team is likely to seek an extension of his custody. Earlier on Sunday, Bishop was taken to Kuruvilangad convent for gathering evidence. As the Bishop has denied all the charges against him and has remained elusive and vague during the course of interrogation the investigating team may seek permission for his polygraph test.
Earlier on Sunday, a nun belonging to the Syro Malabar Catholic church alleged she was asked to keep away from church duties after she participated in a protest by nuns in Kochi demanding the arrest of rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal. Sister Lucy Kalapura, who returned Wayanad from Kochi, claimed she was informed orally by the Mother Superior that she should keep away from holding catechism classes, conducting prayers and other church-related duties.
"No written orders were given to me. I was only informed orally by the Mother Superior not to participate in any church-related activities," the sister said.
Earlier on Friday, Rape accused Bishop was arrested 87 days after a complaint was filed against him. The Bishop was arrested after 3 days of grilling by the investigative agencies, in Kochi, Kerala. immediately after the arrest, he was taken to Taluk hospital at Kottayam for his medical examination.
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.
In his third day of questioning, a different team carried out the verification process. Additional three teams were also formed to carry out the probe.
Prior to this, on Thursday, Pope Francis of Vatican had relieved the Bishop of his duties in Diocese of Jalandhar. This came after the Bishop wrote a letter expressing his intention to temporarily step aside from his duties.
However, even at the last leg of the Bishop's grilling, his supports continued with the slander campaign against the rape survivor nun. Kerala MLA PC George after comparing the nun to a 'prostitute', claimed on Friday that the 'investigation team is trying to frame Bishop Franco Mulakkal'.