Mulakkal was produced before the Pala magistrate court after completion of his two-day police custody. The court remanded him to judicial custody till October 6. The clergyman has been shifted to the sub-jail in Pala after a medical examination at a hospital there.
Meanwhile, the priest moved a bail plea in the Kerala High Court on Monday, after it was rejected by the magistrate court on Saturday. Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan posted the plea on Thursday for consideration.
A high court division bench, comprising Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar, on Monday disposed a bunch of petitions, including those seeking protection to the nun and a court-monitored probe, in view of the police action against the senior priest. Another petition seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was withdrawn.
In her complaint in June, the nun had alleged that the priest raped her in May 2014 and sexually-exploited her on several occasions. The nun had said she approached the police as church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman. However, the bishop has denied the charges. PTI COR TGB APR