A day after taking to the streets demanding arrest of Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, nuns from the Kuravilangad convent alleged that there was a strong move at the top level of the police to sabotage the case.
The nuns, whose colleague has accused the bishop of raping her 13 times, told the media that the Director General of Police and the Inspector General were behind the sabotage attempt. This, they suspected, was behind the move to hand over the case to the Crime Branch.
The nuns who staged protest demanding arrest of Jalandhar bishop in the nun rape case, alleged that the DGP and IG are trying to sabotage the case. They stated that the move to hand over the case to Crime Branch is part of this plan.
According to sources, consultations were held with regard to handing over the case to Crime Branch. The argument said to be put forward was that the investigating officer was overburdened and had been given additional charge of Pala, besides Kottayam that he already has.
The nuns said they had full faith in the probe team. “But DySP is not granting permission to the probe team to arrest the bishop,” they added. The nuns who came for the protest in Kochi yesterday had said that the further quizzing that they were subjected to recently was a farce giving indications that the probe was leading nowhere.
However, DGP Lokanath Behera has said the probe was in the final stages and no decision was taken to hand over the case to Crime Branch.
The protest by the nuns on Saturday where they joined the Kerala Church Reformation Movement outside the High Court has shaken the authorities as also the Church. The statement to Kerala High Court about immediate arrest of the bishop prior to his being questioned for nine hours in Jalandhar has landed the authorities in a fix.
There were charges that the arrest was not happening because of the bishop's influence. Even a former spokesperson of the Church said the “voice of the nuns should have been heard”.