Sankar, who joined Subhash during the questioning, said the clergyman was cooperating with the investigation.

When asked about the 'contradictions' in the statements of the alleged victim, the witnesses and Mulakkal, as claimed by police earlier, Sankar said," That's the purpose of the interrogation. The interrogation is not over. We will reflect on it after it is over."

Mulakkal had moved the Kerala High Court for anticipatory bail Tuesday.

Citing convention, legal experts said the priest is unlikely to be arrested before September 25 when his anticipatory bail plea will come up for hearing in the High Court. However, there is no legal bar on his arrest.

The nun has accused the senior priest of sexually assaulting her repeatedly between 2014 and 2016.

The clergyman has claimed allegations against him were a 'cooked up story to wreak vengeance' for the actions taken by him on various complaints received against the nun.

Claiming innocence, the bishop has said the complaint was 'nothing but a fictional story'.
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Kerala cops to grill bishop Franco for second consecutive day
Kerala cops to grill bishop Franco for second consecutive day

Kerala cops to grill bishop Franco for second consecutive day


Kochi: The Kerala police will continue the interrogation of bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun several times, for a second day today.

The 54-year-old clergyman was grilled for seven hours at the crime branch office in Thrippunitura near Kochi on Wednesday.

Mulakkal had recently relinquished his administrative responsibilities as the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation.

"The first phase of interrogation is over. He has been asked to be present tomorrow morning at 11 am for continued interrogation. He has agreed to it," Kottayam Superintendent of Police Hari Sankar said after the marathon questioning of the priest.

Sankar, who joined Subhash during the questioning, said the clergyman was cooperating with the investigation.

When asked about the 'contradictions' in the statements of the alleged victim, the witnesses and Mulakkal, as claimed by police earlier, Sankar said," That's the purpose of the interrogation. The interrogation is not over. We will reflect on it after it is over."

Mulakkal had moved the Kerala High Court for anticipatory bail Tuesday.

Citing convention, legal experts said the priest is unlikely to be arrested before September 25 when his anticipatory bail plea will come up for hearing in the High Court. However, there is no legal bar on his arrest.

The nun has accused the senior priest of sexually assaulting her repeatedly between 2014 and 2016.

The clergyman has claimed allegations against him were a 'cooked up story to wreak vengeance' for the actions taken by him on various complaints received against the nun.

Claiming innocence, the bishop has said the complaint was 'nothing but a fictional story'.



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