SC to hear Franco Mulakkal’s plea seeking discharge on Aug 5
The Supreme Court will hear the plea of former Bishop Franco Mulakkal, seeking direction to discharge him from the nun rape case, on August 5.
A bench headed by Justice AS Bopanna will hear Mulakkal’s plea for dropping of rape charges against him.
Mulakkal had filed the plea in the top court where he claimed to be innocent and said he was implicated after he questioned the financial dealings of the victim nun. He approached the top court after the Kerala high court rejected his plea for discharge from the case.
The prosecution in the high court had contended that there was strong evidence against him and he was moving pleas frequently to delay the trial.
He had approached the Kerala High Court after a trial court in Kottayam had dismissed the plea to discharge him from the case in March.
In June 2018, the nun, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation based in Punjab, had complained to the police in Kottayam that Jalandhar Bishop had raped her several times between 2014 and 2016.
After several rounds of questioning, the special investigation team (SIT) of Kerala Police arrested him in September 2018. The SIT had filed the chargesheet against him last year.