Kerala nun rape case: SC dismisses discharge plea of accused bishop

New Delhi: Directing bishop Franco Mulakkal to face trial, the Supreme Court has dismissed his plea seeking discharge in the rape case lodged against him by a nun, saying that there is no merit in his petition.

A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde, A S Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian told the counsel for the bishop that the court is not saying anything on merit but is dismissing the plea on the issue of discharge from the case.

In his plea, Mulakkal has challenged the Kerala High Court order of 7 July , dismissing his discharge plea in the rape case filed by the nun. The Kerala High Court rejected his petition seeking discharge in the case.

The High Court had asked the deposed Bishop of Jalandhar diocese to stand for trial in the rape case, which was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by a nun of same diocese in Kerala.

The HC had dismissed the plea by the bishop, admitting the prosecution argument that there was prima facie evidence against Mulakkal in the rape case, which was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by a nun of Jalandhar diocese.

 

NT Bureau