Petition in HC seeks speedy probe into rape charge against Bishop
A writ petition seeking a speedy investigation into the rape charge levelled by a nun against a Jalandhar-based Bishop of the Roman Catholic church was filed in the Kerala High Court today.
In its petition, the KCRM complained that the police were not taking speedy action in the case.
Justice Sunil Thomas recused himself from hearing the matter when it came up for his consideration today.
The petition is likely to come up before another bench on Monday.
Meanwhile, a special police team probing the case today reached New Delhi.
Kerala Director General of Police Loknath Behera, who reviewed the progress of the probe two days ago, had said the team, headed by Vaikom Deputy Superintendent of Police K Subhash, would visit Jalandhar, New Delhi and other places for further investigation.
Mulakkal, however, has claimed that he is innocent.
Clergymen supporting Mulakkal said the nun leveled the charge against him after a priest, also an official of the Jalandhar diocese filed a complaint against her relatives for allegedly threatening the Bishop.
In his complaint, the priest has alleged that the nun's relatives threatened to kill Mulakkal after he ordered a probe against her on the basis of the complaint received by the Mother Superior of her congregation.
The team is also carrying out a simultaneous probe into this complaint.
NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma has said the commission would extend all possible help to the nun.
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