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He was Saturday discharged from the government hospital in the city where he was admitted following complaints of chest pain, officials sources said.
Since no political party was willing to back them, the protesting nuns had to rely solely on the civil society’s support to expose the injustice meted out to them.
Kerala nun rape case: Special Investigation Team sticks to charges slapped on Bishop Franco Mulakkal
Police officers said they were able to present clear evidence, collected during the course of their investigation, before the bishop to convince his arrest.
When the news of the arrest first started to trickle in, the venue, where the protest by the nuns entered the 14th day on Friday, was filled with joy.
Franco complained of chest pain when he was being taken to Kottayam Police club from the Crime Branch office in Thrippunithura in Ernakulam district Friday night, they said.
It was after high drama and suspense that began around noon that top police officers finally confirmed the arrest of the bishop, around 8 pm.
Though there have been reports earlier that the arrest was recorded at around 1.15 pm, the final announcement was delayed as police sought more clarification on some more points.
The decision was taken during a one-hour meeting of Kochi Range IG Vijay Sakhre with the Director General of Prosecution’s office here.
The CPM state chief alleged the strike was part of a political campaign.
Agnelo Rufino Gracias, Titular Bishop of Molicunza and Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Bombay, has been appointed as the administrator of the Jalandhar Diocese.
It was after Kerala Police served notice to Bishop Franco to appear before the investigation team on September 19 that Franco wrote a letter to the Pope expressing his desire to step down temporarily.
George said he received the letter only on September 17 and would not be in a position to come to Delhi at such a short notice.
Accompanied by his counsel and a few priests, Mulakkal arrived at the Crime Branch office around 11 a.m.on Thursday, even as demands for his arrest grew.
Nearly three months after the nun made the rape allegation, Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal was interrogated at the Tripunithura Crime Branch SP Office for more than seven hours on Wednesday.
Though the bishop had left for Kerala from Jalandhar on Monday, the police did not divulge his whereabouts even as they waited at the CB office.