Nun Rape Case: SC to hear plea of Franco Mulakkal seeking discharge on Aug 5
The Supreme Court will hear on August 5 a plea of former Bishop Franco Mulakkal seeking direction to discharge him from the nun rape case.ANI | New Delhi | Updated: 02-08-2020 11:51 IST | Created: 02-08-2020 11:39 IST
The Supreme Court will hear on August 5 a plea of former Bishop Franco Mulakkal seeking direction to discharge him from the nun rape case. A bench headed by Justice AS Bopanna will hear Mulakkal's plea for dropping of rape charges against him.
Mulakkal has filed the plea in top court where he claimed to be innocent and said he was implicated after he questioned the financial dealings of the victim nun. He has recently approached the top court after the Kerala High Court has rejected his plea for discharge from the case.
On July 7, the Kerala High Court had rejected Mulakkal's plea to quash the charge of sexually assaulting a nun against him and directed him to face trial. The prosecution in the High Court had contended that there was strong evidence against him and he was moving pleas frequently to delay the trial.
He had approached the Kerala High Court after a trial court in March in Kottayam had dismissed the plea to discharge him from the case. Mulakkal, former head of the Latin Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, had sought from trial court to quash charges against him claiming that the rape survivor had implicated him after he took action against her for financial irregularities in the convent.
In June 2018, the nun, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation based in Punjab, had complained to the police in Kottayam that Jalandhar Bishop had raped her several times between 2014 and 2016. After several rounds of questioning, the special investigation team (SIT) of Kerala Police arrested him in September 2018. The SIT had filed the charge sheet against him last year. (ANI)