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Bishop Franco Mulakkal's Bail Plea Rejected, Sent to 2-day Police Custody

Earlier, the rape-accused bishop was discharged from the Government Medical College Hospital, where he was admitted on Friday night following complaints of chest pain.


Updated:September 22, 2018, 8:31 PM IST
Bishop Franco Mulakkal's Bail Plea Rejected, Sent to 2-day Police Custody
Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal after being arrested by the Kerala police in Thrippunithura on Friday. (PTI)

Kottayam: A Kerala court on Saturday rejected the bail application of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrested on charges of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun, and sent him to a two-day police custody.

The Bishop was brought to the Pala magistrate court around 1.15 pm amid tight security. His lawyers moved the application seeking relief, submitting that the clergyman was arrested after a three-day long interrogation by the probe team.

Opposing the plea, police said his three-day custody was required to conduct his potency test and to recover the laptop, mobile phone and the dress used by the accused.

In its remand report submitted in the court, police said the nun was subjected to rape and unnatural sex by the accused at the Guest House of St Francis Mission Home 13 times between 2014 and 2016.

They said his body fluid and DNA samples were required to be collected as part of the probe. Recording the submissions, the magistrate granted two-day custody of the bishop to police till 2.30 pm on Monday.

The Bishop, who was arrested on Friday night, was later taken to the Government Medical College Hospital, Kottayam and from there to the Police Club in the town for custodial interrogation.

Earlier, the bishop was discharged from the Government Medical College Hospital here, where he was admitted on Friday night following complaints of chest pain.

The 54-year-old clergyman had complained of pain in his chest while being taken to Kottayam Police club from the Crime Branch office at Thrippunithura in Ernakulam district Friday night.

He was under observation in the cardiology section of the hospital for over six hours after his blood pressure shot up, official sources said.

Police took him to the court in Pala from the police club here.

In her complaint to Kottayam Police in June, the nun had alleged that Bishop Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.

The nun said she had to approach the police as the church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman. However, the bishop has denied the charges.

| Edited by: Padmaja Venkataraman
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