The Supreme Court has dismissed a overview plea by Bishop Franco Mulakkal in reference to the alleged rape of a nun in Kerala between 2014 and 2016, and upheld its earlier choice – that Mulakkal, 56, would stand trial within the case.
“We don’t find any error in the impugned judgment so as to call for its review. The review petition is, accordingly, dismissed,” a three-member bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde stated.
Mulakkal had sought to clear rape expenses in opposition to him in a petition filed earlier than the highest courtroom in August. At that point the highest courtroom had denied the petition. A bench led by the Chief Justice stated: “You don’t have a case and there is no merit in your petition”.
In his petition Mulakkal informed the Supreme Court he had been implicated within the case and questioned the monetary dealings of the nun who had accused him of rape. He stated he was harmless.
The 43-year-old nun, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation primarily based in Punjab. had filed a criticism with Kerala’s Kottayam Police in June 2018.
Earlier, each the Kerala High Court and the trial courtroom had dismissed Mulakkal’s plea to clear expenses in opposition to him and directed him to face trial.
A particular investigation group (SIT) of the Kerala Police arrested Mulakkal in September 2018 after a number of rounds of questioning. He was freed on bail after 40 days.
Mulakkal was eliminated because the Jalandhar bishop after the rape allegations surfaced.
In February this 12 months, one other nun – a witness in opposition to Mulakkal – alleged he had made undesirable bodily contact along with her. In her assertion, which was a part of a cost sheet filed by Kerala Police final 12 months, the nun alleged the incident occurred in Mulakkal’s room at a convent.
The trial was scheduled to start out on November 11 final 12 months but it surely was delay until November 30. It was once more deferred to January 6 this 12 months after Mulakkal sought extra time.
Later, he filed a discharge plea within the trial courtroom in Kottayam, looking for to clear expenses in opposition to him.
On July 1 Mulakkal skipped a listening to on the Kottayam extra district courtroom on the grounds that his home was in a coronavirus containment zone. The public prosecutor then identified the world was not a containment zone and that it was a deliberate try and delay the case.
The bishop has been charged with rape, wrongful confinement, unnatural offence and felony intimidation.