Days after Bishop Franco Mulakkal was arrested by Kochi police following three days of grilling, nuns from the Missionaries of Jesus congregation in Jalandhar met Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan at his residence on Wednesday. In the meeting, the nuns expressed their unhappiness with SIT investigating the case. The nuns have also alleged that the SIT is biased.
Following their meeting with Kerala CM Vijayan, the nuns alleged that Bishop Franco Mulakkal is ‘innocent’ and was arrested over false allegations.
“Everyone knows that and we are not with them. We have been living in Punjab for so long and we know that the Bishop is innocent and they have arrested him over false allegations. We came here to talk to the government about this. We have complained to the Chief Minister and we have spoken to him. And the CM said he will take the necessary action. The matter that is going on in court regarding the nuns, let the court decide, we don't want to comment on that. You think there are only five sisters what about rest of the sisters? You are not understanding that. We are not only 5 sisters there are so many sisters in Punjab. Don't think that these 5 or 6 sister tell the lie then everybody thinks that the Bishop is wrong. Please ask the CM whatever you want to ask,” said one of the nuns.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal was sent to judicial custody till October 6 by Pala Judicial Magistrate Court after rejecting his bail plea on September 22. The Bishop was arrested on September 21, 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.
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.
Meanwhile, a church body on Monday withdrew restrictions imposed on a Catholic nun for participating in the recent protest by nuns in Kochi, demanding the arrest of rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal. Sister Lucy Kalapura, who returned to her parish on Sunday, was asked to keep away from all church duties, conducting prayers and other activities related to the Syro Malabar catholic church.