Rape Accused Kerala Bishop Granted Bail By Trial Court

A trial court docket has granted bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal.


A trial court docket on Friday granted bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala, with stringent circumstances and directed him to be current on the dates of listening to of the case.

The Further Periods Court docket had cancelled the bail granted to the Bishop on July 13 for failing to seem for the trial and issued a Non Bailable Warrant in opposition to him.

Bishop Mulakkal was current within the Court docket on Friday when it thought of the matter.

Granting bail, the Court docket directed him to not go away the state until the chargesheet is learn out to him on August 13 and to be current court docket on the dates of listening to of the case.

The Court docket additionally directed him to supply contemporary sureties and bail bonds.

On July 13, Bishop Mulakkal’s counsel had knowledgeable the court docket that his consumer couldn’t seem as he had been in self-quarantine because of his main contact with a COVID-19 contaminated individual.

The subsequent day, the previous Jalandhar Bishop had examined constructive for coronavirus.

The prosecution knowledgeable the Court docket that Bishop Mulakkal had not produced the COVID damaging certificates, to which the Court docket noticed that the state Well being Division can take mandatory motion on this concern.

The Supreme Court docket on Wednesday had directed Franco Mulakkal to face trial because it dismissed his plea searching for discharge within the rape case lodged in opposition to him by the nun belonging to a congregation below Jalandhar diocese, saying there was no benefit in his petition.

In her criticism to the police in June, 2018, the nun had alleged that she was subjected to sexual abuse by the bishop throughout the interval between 2014 and 2016.

The bishop, who was arrested by the Particular Investigation group, which probed the case, charged him with wrongful confinement, rape, unnatural intercourse and felony intimidation.


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