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HC directs Kerala govt to inform about steps taken by SIT probing rape of nun

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The High Court Monday directed the to inform it about the steps taken by the special investigation team of the Police probing the case of alleged rape of a nun by a of the

A division bench also sought to know the steps taken by the government to ensure the safety and security of the nun allegedly victimised by the Franco Mulakkal and her fellow nuns supporting her in her fight.

The bench, comprising and Justice A K Jayansankaran Nambiar, wanted to know whether the was questioned by the team in Jalandhar when it went there about a month ago and directed the police to inform it of the steps taken by it after that.

Considering a plea filed by K of the Reformation Movement seeking a court-monitored probe into the case, the court asked why no steps have been taken to ensure the nun's safety and security.

"Law is above all other things and it will take its own course," the court said and posted the case to Thursday for further hearing.

In his petition, Joseph alleged that the investigation team was undergoing extreme pressure which could derail the case.

The petitioner submitted that despite the team finding substance in the victim's claim, there was no move to push the investigation forward.

The petitioner alleged that the allegations levelled against the seniormost functionary of the reveals "the dark underbelly of the closed order".

"Since the outbreak of the revelations, there have been serious efforts to undermine the investigation by threats, inducements and coercion of various witnesses as revealed from the reports," the petitioner submitted.

When a petition seeking speedy investigation in the case came up before the court last month, the special investigation team had submitted that as per the initial probe of the police, the bishop abused his position and repeatedly raped the nun from Kerala.

of Police, Kottayam, K Subhash had informed the court that the investigation was proceeding effectively and impartially.

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

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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 18:45 IST