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Evidence against Bishop Franco in rape case: Police

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

As per the initial investigation of the police, Roman Catholic of abused his position and repeatedly raped a nun from Kerala, a special team probing the case told the high court today.

Responding to a petition seeking speedy investigation, of Police, Kottayam, K Subhash informed the court that the investigation was proceeding effectively and impartially.

After the submission by the officer, the HC disposed of the petition with a direction to the police to investigate the case properly.

The told Justice B Sudheendra Kumar that a decision on arresting Mulakkal, who has so far claimed innocence, will be taken after he is interrogated and evidence is examined.

In the statement, Subhash said he and his team would continue their investigation in

The police statement was based on initial investigation and available evidence. It is revealed that the accused committed unnatural offence and committed rape repeatedly on the nun against her will, the statement read.

The confined the nun to a guestroom in St Francis Mission Home in Kuravilangad in district of Kerala, the statement alleged.

No laxity or indifference has been shown till date in the investigation of the case, it said.

The petition was filed by the Catholic Church Reformation Movement (KCRM), which claimed that the police were not taking speedy action in the case.

In her complaint lodged with district police, the nun accused Mulakkal of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

on August 1 reviewed the progress of the case and permitted the investigation team to proceed to Jalandhar, and other cities as part of the investigations.

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First Published: Mon, August 13 2018. 17:45 IST