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Supreme Court rejects Mulakkal’s discharge plea

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed nun rape case accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal's petition seeking quashing of charges against him, saying there was no merit in his case.

Will have to face trial

  • Deposed Bishop of Jalandhar diocese Franco Mulakkal had sought quashing of charges
  • After rejection of his plea by the SC, he will have to face trial in the nun rape case
  • He is accused of raping her 13 times between 2014 and 2016 at Kottayam in Kerala

"You don't have a case. There is no merit in your plea," a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said. The accused Bishop had claimed that he had been falsely implicated after he questioned financial dealings of the victim.

Mulakkal (56), the deposed Bishop of Jalandhar diocese, had challenged the July 7 order of the Kerala High Court dismissing his plea. The trial court had also rejected his plea. After dismissal of his petition by the top court, he will have to face trial in the case.

Mulakkal was arrested in September 2018 after a nun in the Missionaries of Jesus congregation filed a complaint accusing him of raping her 13 times between 2014 and 2016 at Kottayam in Kerala. The Kerala Police have already filed a chargesheet against him, listing 83 witnesses.



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