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 situations 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 in opposition to him.

Mulakkal was current within the Court on Friday when it thought of the matter.

Granting bail, the Court 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 additionally directed him to supply recent sureties and bail bonds.

On July 13, Mulakkal’s counsel had knowledgeable the court docket that his consumer couldn’t seem as he had been in self-quarantine resulting from 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 that Mulakkal had not produced the COVID detrimental certificates, to which the Court noticed that the state Health Department can take vital motion on this situation.

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 in opposition to him by the nun belonging to a congregation beneath Jalandhar diocese, saying there was no benefit 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 benefit 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 in opposition to 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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