Bishop Mulakkal moves Kerala HC for bail again

Bishop Mulakkal moves Kerala HC for bail again
This is the second time that the bishop is approaching the HC for bail.
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Kochi: Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a Kerala nun several times, has moved the High Court for bail again.

In his petition, the bishop said as the investigation was nearing completion he should be granted bail. The bishop, currently lodged in the Pala sub-jail, claimed that he had fully cooperated with the probe.

This is the second time that the bishop is approaching the HC for bail.

The magistrate's court in Pala in Kottayam district had on Saturday remanded the 54-year-old clergyman to judicial custody till October 20.

The High Court had dismissed Mulakkal's bail plea last week, while accepting the prosecution's argument that the accused, holding a high position in society, would try to influence the witnesses in the case if he was granted bail.

The police had said the investigation in the case was progressing even after the arrest of the accused.

In her complaint to the Kottayam Police in June, the nun had alleged that the bishop had raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May, 2014, and subsequently, sexually exploited her on several occasions.

The nun had said she had to approach the police as the church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman.

However, the bishop has denied the charges.

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