The case against Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun, grew stronger with another who left the Church raising similar charges. With a delay in the arrest of the bishop despite the government committing in the High Court a month ago that the arrest would happen soon. Relatives of the nun are expected to move the court very soon.
The probe team is learnt to have taken the statement from the former nun. She alleged that the bishop not only forcefully hugged her and even touched her several times in an inappropriate manner. She also accused him of misbehaving with her.
In a related development, the probe team is expected to record the statement of Bhagalpur Bishop Kurien Valiyakandathil. This is in the backdrop of the nun's statement that she had confided with him about Franco's misbehaviour.
There have been charges that the arrest was being delayed as there were interventions from certain powerful quarters.