Nun rape case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal granted bail by trial court docket

Kottayam (Kerala), August 7

A trial court docket right here on Friday granted bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala, with stringent circumstances and directed him to be current on the dates of listening to of the case.

The Additional Sessions Court had cancelled the bail granted to the Bishop on July 13 for failing to seem for the trial and issued a non-bailable warrant towards him.

Mulakkal was current within the court docket on Friday when it thought-about the matter.

Granting bail, the court docket directed him to not depart the state until the charge-sheet is learn out to him on August 13 and to be current court docket on the dates of listening to of the case.

The court docket additionally directed him to supply contemporary sureties and bail bonds.

On July 13, Mulakkal’s counsel had knowledgeable the court docket that his shopper couldn’t seem as he had been in self-quarantine attributable to his major contact with a COVID-19 contaminated individual.

The subsequent day, the previous Jalandhar Bishop had examined constructive for coronavirus.

The prosecution knowledgeable the court docket that Mulakkal had not produced the COVID unfavorable certificates, to which the court docket noticed that the state Health Department can take essential motion on this subject.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday had directed Mulakkal to face trial because it dismissed his plea in search of discharge within the rape case lodged towards him by the nun belonging to a congregation beneath Jalandhar diocese, saying there was no advantage in his petition.

A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, had advised the counsel for Bishop that the court docket was not saying something on advantage however was dismissing the plea on the problem of discharge from the case.

Mulakkal, in his plea, had challenged the July 7 Kerala High Court order, dismissing his discharge plea within the rape case filed by the nun.

The High Court had requested the deposed Bishop of Jalandhar diocese to face for trial within the rape case, which was registered on the premise of a grievance filed by the nun.

The senior priest of the Roman Catholic Church had filed the revision petition following the dismissal of his discharge plea by a trial court docket in March this 12 months.

The rape case towards the Bishop was registered by police in Kottayam district.

In her grievance to the police in June 2018, the nun had alleged that she was subjected to sexual abuse by the bishop in the course of the interval between 2014 and 2016.

The bishop, who was arrested by the Special Investigation Team, which probed the case, charged him with wrongful confinement, rape, unnatural intercourse and legal intimidation. PTI

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