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Though an urgent pre-arrest bail plea was filed, the petitioner’s counsel did not press for an interim order directing the police not to arrest the petitioner.
The nun, in her complaint, alleged that on May 5, 2014, and May 6, 2016, she was raped by the bishop several times in a room attached to St Francis Mission Home in Kuruvilangad.
Nature and gravity of the accusation are very important factors to decide whether the accused is entitled to get the discretionary relief of pre-arrest bail.
Mulakkal has asked the court to see that he was not arrested till the anticipatory bail plea was disposed.
In a letter the nun sent from the convent on November 14 last year, she informed her family about the harrowing experiences she had to go through.
Expressing solidarity with the protest, several voluntary organisations, including Network of Artistic Theatre Activists Kerala (NATAK), joined the dharna at Vanji Square at High Court junction here.
Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal is most likely to appear before the investigation team on September 19.
The 54-year-old bishop has not resigned yet, but in an official circular, stated that he has appointed Mathew Kokkandum as administrator of the Diocese in his absence.
The team probing the rape complaint filed by a nun against Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal is planning to arrive at a ‘reasonable conclusion’ before questioning the bishop a second time.
The tide may finally be turning against the bishop as many fence-sitters are coming out in support of the nun, though it is still a trickle from the political space.