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Nun abuse case: Kerala Police questions bishop in Punjab

IANS  |  Jalandhar 

Police on Tuesday questioned of the Roman Catholic Diocese here in following allegations of sexually abusing a nun, an said. No arrest has been made so far.

The Bishop's quizzing began late on Monday and ended on Tuesday morning.

There was high drama before questioning as the avoided meeting the team which reached Jalandhar, around 155 km from Chandigarh, on Friday.

The Police team also questioned Father Antony and Diocese Chief Public Relations Officer Father Peter.

Three journalists from Kerala also alleged manhandling by the Bishop's private security when they tried to speak to Mulakkal.

The team, which was given protection by their counterpart, arrived at the congregation of Missionaries of Jesus, the headquarters of Christian centres in the region, for investigation.

Earlier, the team met former nuns of the diocese on Friday and Saturday.

The Police, fearing law and order trouble, provided protection to the Kerala team.

Several followers of the diocese had gathered at its campus in on Friday after hearing about the arrival of the six-member Kerala police team, led by of Police (DSP) A.T. Subhash.

A nun had alleged in June that Mulakkal sexually abused her several times at a convent in Kuruvalangadu near Kottayam in Kerala between 2014 to 2016.

An FIR was registered against the and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent.

Mulakkal has denied any wrongdoing.

A for the diocese told the media that no wrong had been done by the bishop and that the allegations were being made by the nun at the instigation of people with vested interests.

Earlier, statements were taken from the of the Syro-Malabar Church Cardinal Mar George Alencherry and also a few other former nuns who were residents at the convent.



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First Published: Tue, August 14 2018. 13:20 IST