Rape accused Bishop Franco tests Covid positive


JALANDHAR: Former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is facing the case of raping a nun in Kerala, has tested positive for Covid-19. On Monday a court in Kottayam cancelled bail granted to him earlier and non-bailable arrest warrant was issued.
Court cancelled the bail after prosecution brought out the evidence that he had not appeared on July 1 on a false pretext that Jalandhar was a containment zone and he could not move out. Prosecution produced records taken from Jalandhar administration to drive home its point that the area where he has been staying was not a containment zone.

However on Monday evening he tested positive for Covid-19. It is learnt that he was tested on July 6 also but he tested negative. Now he has sore throat and cough due to which he gave his sample again on Monday and tested positive.
When asked, Jalandhar Diocese spokesperson Father Peter said that Franco had two long sessions of discussion with his counsel Mandeep Sachdeva on June 29 and 30 and a couple of days later Sachdeva tested positive.

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