An extra classes courtroom in Kottayam on Friday acquitted Bishop Franco Mulakkal within the sensational case pertaining to the rape of a catholic nun. Mulakkal had been the bishop of Jalandhar, however had been divested of the executive costs after the scandal emerged in 2018.
Mulakkal had been arrested in September, 2018 in reference to the grievance of a nun, who had alleged that Mulakkal had raped her 13 occasions at her Congregation’s mission home in Kottayam district, over a interval of two years from Could 5, 2014. He had been the primary Indian Catholic bishop to be arrested in a rape case and was lodged in judicial custody for 25 days after his arrest in September, 2018.
Tight safety was deployed exterior the Kottayam Extra Periods Court docket on Friday morning, forward of the pronouncement of the decision within the high-profile case. The case is critical because it marks the primary time a Catholic Bishop was arrested and booked on costs of rape and sexual harassment in India.
The trial commenced in 2020, and despite the fact that Mulakkal approached the Excessive Court docket and the Supreme Court docket with a plea to quash the fees towards him, the courts refused to entertain the plea.
Denying the rape allegations, the Bishop claimed that the story was ‘fabricated’ and in retaliation for taking motion towards her with regard to a grievance raised by a girl. Mulakkal faces a slew of costs together with unlawful confinement, sexual harassment by way of abuse of energy, unnatural intercourse, rape and outraging the modesty of a girl. Vaikkom DySP Ok Subhash was the investigating officer.
Mulakkal was relieved from official duties on the Jalandhar diocese after he was charged by the police within the rape case.
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