Kottayam Superintendent of Police D Shilpa said they have approached the Special Public Prosecutor to assess the scope for appeal in the case.
Inconsistent versions of survivor pose questions on her credibility: Court while acquitting Bishop Franco Mulakkal
In his 289-page verdict, the judge said the survivor's claim that she was raped on 13 occasions under duress cannot be relied on the basis of her solitary testimony.
The court said it was evident that the victim was swayed under the influence of others who had other vested interests in the matter.
The one-line verdict was pronounced by the additional district and sessions court I in Kottayam, where the security was beefed up to tackle possible law-and-order issues.
Mulakkal was granted conditional bail by the Kerala High Court on Monday, and released from a jail near Kottayam a day later.
The trip to the convent is part of the police's evidence gathering. According to the victim's complains, Mulakkal raped her at the VIP rest room, where he has been staying.
Activists and leaders of NGOs greeted the nuns with slogans as they climbed on to the stage where they spent 14 days demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco.
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.
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.