Rape-Accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal To Face Trial As Kerala Court Dismisses Discharge Petition

Rape-Accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal To Face Trial As Kerala Court Dismisses Discharge PetitionBishop Franco Mulakkal is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a nun (pic via Twitter)

A court in Kottayam, Kerala on Monday (16 March) dismissed the discharge petition filed by former Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of sexually assaulting a nun between 2014 and 2016.

This means that the bishop will now have to face trial in the case, which will begin very soon.

It was on 7 January that Mulakkal, who is on bail, filed the petition in the Kottayam additional district sessions court.

Mulakkal's ploy was to delay the trial and now with the lower court dismissing his discharge petition, it remains to be seen if he will approach a higher court.

Mulakkal, arrested on 21 September 2018 on rape charges, got bail on 16 October 2018. The Kerala Police has filed a 1,400-page charge sheet against him.

The charge sheet names 83 witnesses, including Cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Mar George Alencherry, three bishops, 11 priests and many nuns.

After the case came to light, Mulakkal was removed as head of the Jalandhar diocese.

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