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#ArrestBishopFranco: Investigators nail Bishop Mulakkal’s lies but fear arresting Catholic Church leader

The Kerala Police appear to be moving at a snail pace on the allegations of rape on multiple occasions of nun by the Catholic Bishop belonging to the Archdiocese of Jalandhar. While it has initiated questioning of the alleged rapist it has not still arrested the accused even though some startling evidence have been procured during investigations.

GoaChronicle.com has learned that the Kerala Police is holding a high-level meeting in Kottayam next week to decide whether the alleged rapist Bishop Franco Mulakkal would have to be called to Kerala for questioning into the rape charges levelled on him. But they strangely, not yet decided to arrest the accused.

Earlier this week the victim who accused the Catholic Bishop of raping her on multiple occasions filed a complaint with police alleging that she has been getting death threats, since she exposed the vile nature of the Bishop. In her complaint to the police she also informed then about threats people close to here have also been receiving.

The Kerala police had earlier questioned the Bishop on the night of August 13 at the Diocesan headquarters in Jalandhar, Punjab. The accused informed the investigation officers that that he was not present at a guest house attached to the St Francis Mission Home – the nun’s convent at Kuravilangad in Kottayam district on May 5, 2014. This is the alleged place and date on where and which she said the Bishop had raped her for the first time.

This information shared with the Kerala Police during questioning has turned out to be a lie because sources in the Kerala Police have told GoaChronicle.com that their investigations have revealed that the Bishop had stayed at the convent in Kuravilangad on the particular date and at the convent in Thodupuzha, Idukki as lied by the accused.

The victim nun, in her statement, had stated that the Bishop had raped her 13 times between 2014 and 2016 at the Convent’s guest house at Kurvailangad.

The police nailed the lie of the accused Bishop when they questioned the nun-in-charge at the Thodupuzha convent. During interrogations she revealed that the Bishop had not arrived at the convent on May 5, 2014.

The nun-in-charge at first did not come forth with the truth. But on persistent questioning she broke down and told the investigating officers that her first statement to the police was false and that she lied because she was instructed too by the accused Bishop. The Bishop, she claimed, asked her to state that he was at Thodupuzha convent on the said date and day.

More importantly the Visitor’s Register Diary in possession of the police does not show any entry of the Bishop at the Thodupuzha convent on that day.

In another development during the investigations, the police officers learned from the driver of the accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal that he had dropped the clergyman at the St Francis Mission Home – a convent of the Missionaries of Jesus – to which the victim nun belonged at Kuravilangad on May 5, 2014.

In light of the new evidence in the hands of the Kerala Police which it makes it incumbent on them to arrest the Catholic Church’s Bishop, the investigation officers are still threading carefully due to pressures from seniors in the police force and political leaders is what GoaChronicle has learned. Thereby raising a pertinent question is the Catholic Bishop above the law of the land.

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Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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