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Law should take its course in nun rape case: Bishops' body

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Denying that it wanted a accused in the of a nun to step down, the Catholic Bishops Conference of (CBCI) on Sunday said that law should take its course in the matter.

"(Our) silence should in no way be construed as siding with either of the two parties. We have learnt of certain statements attributed to our President, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, that (accused) of Jalandhar diocese should step down," said in a statement here.

"We wish to clarify that he has made no such statement and wishes to disassociate himself from any such statement. Bombay Archdiocese spokesman's comments are in his personal campacity and have to be taken as such.

"We reiterate what we said earlier: The CBCI has no jurisdiction over individual Bishops. Besides, a police probe is on. One party has approached the High Court... Church authorities will take a decision once police file a definitive report after investigations," the statement added.

He said they were expressing their "distress" regarding developments regarding accusations against Mulakkal.

The CBCI statement comes after Police asked accused Bishop Mulakkal to appear before a probe team on September 19.

Mulakkal stepped down as Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese on September 15, handing over temporary charge of the diocese to Father

A nun had accused Mulakkal of repeatedly raping her between 2014 and 2016. Five other nuns of the congregation have supported her claim and along with a section of the laity are holding a protest at Kochi, which continued for the ninth day on Sunday.

An FIR was registered against the Bishop, with the nun and other convent inmates giving detailed statements running into 114 pages.

Mulakkal has denied wrongdoing and termed it a "conspiracy" against him.



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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 18:26 IST