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Nun Rape Case: Accused Bishop’s plea rejected: SC

Bishop Franco Mulakkal approached the Supreme Court requesting to review the order which rejected his discharge petition filed in connection with the nun rape case.

He also submitted a plea requesting to hold the hearing of the review petition in open court.

Franco Mulakkal had claimed that the complainant nun had been trying to form a new congregation cooperating with another church since 2013 and she failed in this attempt.
Some complaints were received against her in 2017 and inquiry started. The nun filed the complaint as a result of conspiracy in revenge to this act, Franco alleged in the plea. He further alleged that the nun joined with Syro Malabar church and acted against the interest of Latin church.
Case was booked against Franco as per IPC sections 342, 376(2)(k), 376(2)(n), 376 C(a), 377 and 506 (ii). He had no authority over the nun as Jalandhar bishop. So, the cases as per sections 376(2)(k), 376(2)(n), 376 C(a) do not exist, the bishop claimed.

The court has barred media coverage after Mulakkal moved an application. The order was passed after Mulakkal said the prosecution had leaked to the media a statement given by one of the main witnesses earlier.

Last month, the Supreme Court had dismissed a plea filed by Mulakkal seeking discharge from the case. Earlier, the trial court and high court had also rejected his plea observing that there was prima facie evidence to put the case to the trail.

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