Kochi: The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Pala has issued summons to Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Archdiocese of Jalandhar after accepting the chargesheet submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to appear before it on May 10th.
The court accepted the chargesheet and relevant documents related to the case submitted by the SIT team led by DYSP K Subhash.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal is the first Bishop in India to be accused of repeated rape and sodomy by a 44-year old nun from the Missionaries of Jesus congregation.
He was arrested and later released on interim bail.
The Kerala Police has charged the senior Catholic clergyman under IPC Sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (2k) (rape on a woman incapable of giving consent), 376 (2n) (causing grievous bodily harm during rape), 376 (c) (a) 377 (unnatural offence), 506 (1) (criminal intimidation) IPC Sections).