Sep 13: The Kerala police on Thursday has submitted the second affidavit in the Kerala High Court in connection with the Nun Rape Case, in a sealed cover. The police has sought more time for the probe into the case as nun’s family was offered money and were threatened. All related cases in the matter will be heard in the Kerala Court on 24th September 2018.
The Kerala High Court said the probe by the police against Franco Mulakkal, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar accused by a nun of raping her, is moving in the right direction.
Bishop Franco Mullakal of Jalandhar diocese, who has been accused by a nun of raping her, has been summoned by Investigative Officer on 19th September. Mullakal raised many hues and cry and the Judge said, ‘ There is nothing alarming at the manner in which the investigation is undergoing.”
Sandhya Raju, counsel for the nun who was raped said before the Kerala High Court “Money was offered to the members of the family and they are also being threatened.”
The court accepted the police’s plea that the department will file a fresh report after questioning the 54-year-old bishop. Police have asked Mullakal to appear before the investigating team on September 19 amid mounting pressure to initiate action against him.
“Let the police quiz him again. We will hear the case after this,” the court said.
Public Prosecutor told Kerala High Court, “Round the clock security has been provided to the victim since July 2018 at St Francis Convent.”
While hearing the petition seeking CBI inquiry into the Kerala Nun rape case, the Court said, “CBI inquiry is not necessary at this point in time. We are not rejecting the petition but we will tag it with the main petition.”
Chief Justice, “You must show the patience which the victim has shown. We have noted that the police have seized a lot of documents which are in the custody of police now for examination.
The investigation is going across five states and seven districts of Kerala. Witnesses and evidence across these places are being examined
Judge asked, “Are you interested in arrest or interested in conviction?.”
“Steps should be taken to avoid intimidation of the people who are away,” Judge told Police