Tripunithura (Kerala) Sep 19: Amid tight security, the Kerala Police today began questioning Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal accused of raping a nun.
Ahead of the interrogation, senior police officers — Inspector General Vijay Sakhre, Kottayam Superintendent Harishankar and his deputy K. Subhash held a meeting at the IG office in Kochi.
“We are under no pressure. We have conducted a detailed probe which was spread across five different states. There has been no directive that the bishop should not be arrested,” Harishankar told media.
Kerala nun rape case: Accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal arrives at Crime Branch (CID) in Kochi where he will be interrogated by a 5 members team led by Vaikom DySP K Subhash. #Kerala pic.twitter.com/BGWDGMH6b5
— ANI (@ANI) September 19, 2018
The Bishop, accompanied by his lawyer and a few priests, arrived in a car earlier to the Crime Branch office near here.
The police ensured that the media persons could not get close to him or even click his picture.
According to the police, Tripunithura located on the outskirts of Kochi, was chosen as the venue to avoid the protests underway in Kochi over the last 12 days.
Yesterday, Mulakkal got a relief from the Kerala High Court which agreed to hear his anticipatory bail application on September 25.
The court also ordered the state government to file an affidavit in the matter.
A 44-year-old Kerala based Nun has alleged that she was raped several times between 2014 to 2016.
Following this, an FIR was registered against the bishop on June 27 this year.
Earlier last month, the bishop was questioned by the police team led by Subhash at his Jalandhar office.