Jalandhar bishop seeks bail from Kerala HC

Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun, on Tuesday moved the Kerala High Court for anticipatory bail, claiming that the allegations were “wholly concocted and cooked up, only to wreak vengeance.” He is scheduled to appear before the special investigation team of the Kerala police for questioning on Wednesday. The High Court adjourned the hearing to September 25.

When the petition came up, Director-General of Prosecution Manjeri Sreedharan Nair said a few pending public interest litigation petitions for his arrest would come up for further hearing on September 24.

Besides, he wanted to get instructions from the police in the case. Therefore, he sought to adjourn the hearing.

The bishop, in his petition, said the nun was removed from the post of Mother Superior and Kerala-in-charge on a complaint from her cousin and another nun. Therefore, she was inimical towards him as she was under the belief that he was the one who had taken action against her. Meanwhile, the sister of the nun said she expected the court to deliver justice as their protest entered the 11th day.

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