Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal exams constructive for COVID-19

Chandigarh, July 14

Former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala, has examined constructive for coronavirus, a Health Department official mentioned on Tuesday.

A Kottayam court docket in Kerala had on Monday cancelled Mulakkal’s bail for his failure to look for the trial within the rape case and issued a non-bailable warrant in opposition to him.

“He (Mulakkal) has tested positive for coronavirus,” mentioned COVID-19 nodal officer for Jalandhar, T P Singh.

Mulakkal’s report, confirming him to be constructive for COVID-19, got here on Monday night, he added.

The rape case in opposition to the Bishop was registered by Kottayam district police in Kerala.

In her criticism to the police in June 2018, the nun had alleged that she was subjected to sexual abuse by the Bishop between 2014 and 2016.

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


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