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Two Kerala rape-accused priests decide to move SC

IANS  |  New Delhi/Thiruvalla 

One of the two Orthodox Church priests, who are on the run facing charges of sexual abuse of a parishioner, approached the on Saturday, while the other will do so on Monday, said an

Speaking to IANS, a key investigating seeking anonymity said Father (Abraham) Varghese on Saturday filed his petition in the apex court, which will be heard on Monday, while another accused, Father Jaice K. George -- currently posted in -- will file a petition on Monday.

The said: "We have got information that one of the accused has already approached the apex court and the other will do it on Monday. We are keenly watching the people who are harbouring these two priests. Such people will definitely run into trouble."

On Friday, the probing the case arrested Father from a house near Thiruvalla. Both him and another Father Job Mathew, who was arrested on Thursday, have been remanded to judicial custody.

"We have gathered crucial evidence with regard to the crime that the two arrested priests have committed. These will definitely help us shape up the case," the added.

While the four priests have been made accused in the case, has not been charged for rape but "for outraging the modesty of a lady".

The arrest of the accused priests became a certainty after the on Wednesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of three of them.

A woman, who regularly visited the Orthodox Church, has accused five priests of sexually abusing her for a decade. Her husband has complained that she was subjected to sexual overtures by five priests.

Initially, it was only one who first exploited his wife and then started blackmailing her. When she sought help from another priest, he too threatened her and shared her contact with a and she was eventually victimised by five of them.

One priest, however, escaped action as the victim mentioned only four names, the investigating officer said.

The is monitoring the case.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 16:34 IST
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