Two days after the Supreme Court docket turned down his plea, former Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal surrendered earlier than the trial court docket in Kottayam in Kerala which later granted him bail below strict provisions.
He was requested not go away Kerala and seem earlier than it on Aug 13 when the cost sheet might be learn out within the court docket. The court docket had cancelled his bail final month when he repeatedly failed to look earlier than it. Later, he moved the Excessive Court docket and Supreme Court docket, however each refused to entertain his plea to quash the case.
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Public prosecutor Jithesh Babu advised the court docket that earlier Mulakkal had claimed he had examined constructive for Covid-19, however had failed to provide a certificates exhibiting that he recovered from the sickness. Then the court docket directed well being officers to verify the declare.
On the final two events, he skipped the court docket saying he was staying in a containment zone in Jalandhar and later he stated he had examined constructive for coronavirus. However the prosecution questioned the veracity of each claims.
The case surfaced in 2018, after a 43-year-old nun complained to the police in Kottayam that Mulakkal had raped her a number of instances between 2014 and 2016. The nun is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation primarily based in Punjab. However Mulakkal denied it saying he was implicated after he took motion towards her for monetary irregularities within the convent.
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Later, a particular investigation workforce (SIT) was shaped and it arrested him in September 2018. He was granted bail after spending 40 days in jail. He was faraway from the publish of the bishop later. The SIT had filed the cost sheet towards him final 12 months however he failed to look earlier than the court docket a number of instances. The petitioner had additionally complained that a number of the witnesses had been threatened by Mulakkal’s followers.