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Bishop Franco Mulakkal faces magistrate's court in Pala over rape charges; police likely to press for 3-day remand

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrested by the police over allegations of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun, was being produced in a magistrate court in Pala on Friday. The police are expected to press for a three-day custody of Mulakkal, India Today TV reported. The hearing is yet to begin.

File image of Bishop Franco Mulakkal. Reuters

File image of Bishop Franco Mulakkal. Reuters

The 54-year-old clergyman was discharged from a government hospital in Kottayam on Saturday morning, where he was admitted following complaints of chest pain on Friday night.

He had complained of pain in his chest while being taken to Kottayam Police Club from the Crime Branch office in Thrippunithura in Ernakulam district Friday night. Mulakkal was under observation in the cardiology section of the Medical College Hospital for over 6 hours after his blood pressure shot up, police sources told PTI. 

Sources said ECG and other cardiac-related tests were performed. His health condition is said to be normal.

In her complaint to the 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. She 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.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: Sep 22, 2018 13:31 PM

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