The fate of Catholic Bishop Franco in the rape case will be decided on Friday. Catholic Bishop Franco’s fate to be decided on Friday in rape case

Digital Desk, Thiruvananthapuram. The trial court hearing the nun rape case told Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal on Monday that the verdict would be delivered on Friday. Kottayam Additional District Court Judge G. Gopakumar will deliver the verdict on Friday.

He was serving as the Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. He was accused of raping a nun who belonged to the Missionaries of Jesus congregation. During his visits to Kerala between 2014 and 2016, he was accused of raping a 43-year-old nun on 13 occasions. Later, he was removed from the charge of Jalandhar Diocese.

A complaint was filed against him in Kerala in June 2018 and Mulakkal was arrested on September 21, 2018 for rape. He was granted bail on October 16, 2018. The chargesheet names 83 witnesses, including the Cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Mar George Alenchery, three bishops, 11 priests and 22 nuns. Of the 83 witnesses, 39 were called and heard. Incidentally, Franco had also approached the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court to quash the FIR against him, but both the courts refused to do so and the trial began and is now over.

(IANS)

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