In Kerala's famous nun rape case, the court today acquitted Bishop Franco Mulakkal, giving a big verdict. Judge G Gopakumar of Additional District and Sessions Court I has given this verdict after completing the hearing of this case. Kottayam SP Harishankar, who headed the investigation into the nun rape case after the verdict, said he was hoping that the accused would be punished. He said that he had already decided to hold a meeting of the investigation and prosecution team and he would go ahead with the appeal again. It is noteworthy that before the pronouncement of the verdict, the security of the Kottayam Additional Sessions Court was beefed up.
Victim's evidence proved to be false
After the verdict came Franco Mulakkal's lawyer CS Ajayan said that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove its case, there was a delay of 4 years in raising the issue by the victim. He said that during cross-examination his evidence was proved to be false, even a solid medical certificate was not produced by the prosecution.
this was the case
Let us inform that the nun had lodged a case of rape with the police on June 28, 2018. The former bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal, was an accused in the case. The case was heard on the basis of 83 witnesses and more than 30 evidences. The accused former bishop was arrested on September 21, 2018. However, he got bail only after 40 days.
Was accused of rape 14 times in 2 years
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had investigated the sexual abuse case of a Kerala nun. In the case, the team had filed an 80-page charge sheet in the court. The chargesheet named Mar George Alenchery, a cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, three bishops, 11 priests and 22 nuns. Franco had also approached the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court to quash the case, but both the courts refused.