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Kerala Nun Rape Case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal's Bail Extended till January 6

The bishop was present in the additional sessions court during the hearing, where he arrived after praying in a nearby church.

Neethu Reghukumar | CNN-News18

Updated:November 30, 2019, 4:03 PM IST
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Kerala Nun Rape Case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal's Bail Extended till January 6
File photo of Bishop Franco Mulakkal (PTI)

Thiruvananthapuram: A Kerala court on Saturday extended till January 6 the bail granted to former Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of sexually abusing a nun between 2014 and 2016.

Franco was present at the additional sessions court during the hearing, where he arrived after praying in a nearby church. Mulakkal had reached St. Antony's church Kottayam along with some priests and devotees around 9 am today where he prayed before proceeding to court.

Mulakkal was arrested on September 21 last year on charges of rape and got bail on October 16 last year.

The Kerala Police has already filed a 1,400-page chargesheet in the court against him. The trial is expected to start from January 6.

The chargesheet names 83 witnesses, including the Cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Mar George Alencherry, three bishops, 11 priests and many nuns.

After the case came to light, Mulakkal was removed as head of the diocese of Jalandhar.

(With inputs from agencies)

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