Former Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal granted bail in rape case


Kottayam, Aug 7 (IANS): Two days after the Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed by former Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal seeking to discharge him in the Kerala nun rape case, he appeared in court here on Friday and secured bail.

The Kottayam Additional Sessions Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him last month and cancelled his earlier bail in the case, after he failed to appear before the court to hear the chargesheet in the case being read out.

But with Mulakkal making a personal appearance before the court on Friday, he was granted fresh bail and was told not to leave Kottayam till August 13 when the chargesheet would be read out.

The former bishop informed the court that he failed to appear last month on account of him testing Covid positive.

In March, a court here had dismissed the discharge petition filed by Mulakkal in the sexual assault case, forcing him to approach the apex court, which too turned down his request.

Mulakkal was arrested on September 21, 2018 on rape charges, and he secured bail on October 16, 2018. The Kerala Police has filed a 1,400-page chargesheet against him.

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

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

 

 

  

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    It is this stupid smile on his lips say everything.As if he has succeeded.whatever the verdict in court given to you dear Franco (He is not any more Bishop)there will be day in front of God that you cant simply with any money or influence cant avoid.Think of that once again and stay to your acts and dont deny here when you are really innocent,which none of us believe. Let God help you.Have brought shame to the religion,religious life and priesthood.mostly to your own conscious.It is a hard blow to the victim .

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Rita - I fully agree with you. The lure of wealth

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Repeated sexual indulgence can not be called as rape. A bishop/priest who has indulged in such act can not continue at his position for sure.

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    How such guys like him become Priests? Surely, such Vocations are not a call from God, but forced ones?

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    It's human error occurred in two opposite sex which is not acceptable because of their designation. So we have to wait for final judgement other wise both must confess

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Readers, notice the senile smile on the face of Franco Mallakal !! It speaks volumes !! Powerful, Highly influential, aided by a battery of high profile lawyers..... This guy is preaching to us... this thought makes me sick !!!!

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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Letz not show finger at others.. Instead.. we ask ourselves.. what we ARE? in past.. 10 yrs ago.. or 20 yrs ago.. or 40or 50 yrs ago....of course list goes on & on.. probably endless..?

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Going to church it self has become scary!

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  • Rocky, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    He should hand till death he should not get bail hez smile says how much criminal he is

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  • Sadanand, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    When he not commited any crime.. where is the question arises of bail. Forget it. Forget it nothing is going to happen. People are pelting rose petals on his way. Girls will think twice to serve God in near future.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Asaram Bapu was not so Lucky ...

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  • Mr Kamath, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    What is wrong with you he raped them and your telling he didn't do anything??? Are you human

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    If Terrorists can be given Bail ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Yes, why not rap* accused?... good logic though!

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  • Mr. Kamath, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    Look at that smile, shameless fellow, as if he had achieved something big. Why do court grant bail in such cases?.

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 7 2020

    This is ridiculous, how come an influential rape accused gets bail ?? he is so powerful that he could mess with the witnesses and evidences, he will also influence the victim

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