Probe team may quiz Jalandhar Bishop this week in nun rape case
Kerala

Probe team may quiz Jalandhar Bishop this week in nun rape case

The team probing the case of a nun alleging sexual abuse by a bishop appears all set to leave of Jalandhar for quizzing bishop Franco Mulakkal.

Director General of Police Loknath Behra is expected to have a discussion with the probe team in Kottayam on Wednesday where the questionnaire would be readied. The failure of the authorities to question the bishop and even arrest him had created widespread allegations that the bishop was being protected. However, police sources said all aspects of the case had to be looked into before taking the final action.

The probe team was also investigating the alleged phone call to one of the nuns supporting the victim offering safety and position if the rape charge was withdrawn. However, the bishop’s office denied any mediatory efforts and claimed that the charge was the result of vendetta for his having taken disciplinary action against the nun.

The nun had alleged that the bishop sexually abused her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. She said she had taken up the issue with the church authorities and no action was taken. She was forced her to complain to the police after the bishop filed a complaint against her.

Her relatives had said earlier that there were offers seeking withdrawal of the rape complaint but the nun was firm in taking it forward.

In the latest phone call episode, a priest claiming to be on behalf of the bishop was willing to offer her 10 acres in Kerala and also a separate convent for her.

Police said they were checking the veracity of the call said to be made by Fr James Erthayil of the Kanhirappally diocese to Sr Anupama who stood with the victim.

The nun is heard saying she stood by the charge and there was no question of withdrawing it.

Separately, Fr James working under the congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) of Syro-Malabar Church at Monippally in Kottayam was today shorn of all important posts held and shifted by the Church authorities to Idukki district. Police is expected to file a case against him.