The protest by a section of the laity with the active presence of nuns demanding arrest of Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal and also his resignation is gathering support as it entered the third day today.
Relatives of the victim nun are expected to move Kerala High Court demanding arrest of the bishop. As part of seeking action, public interest litigation was filed in Kerala High Court today and the bench asked the government to submit details of the action taken on the nun's complaint and the proceedings in the case over the last one month.
In a related development, the State Minority Rights Commission registered a case against the police on the basis of the nun’s rape charges. Police today said the probe was proceeding well and action would be taken very soon. This was contrary to the stand taken yesterday.
On the PIL, the High Court asked the government about the measures taken to protect those involved in the case and sought details on Thursday. The Chief Justice also noted that no person was above law.
It was on August 13 that the affidavit of the investigation officer said the bishop had raped the nun. While the Government had then said the bishop would be arrested immediately, it later in the day retracted and said it was for the probe team to decide the time of arrest.
The minorities commission, which undertook the case on the basis of reports that there was a move on the part of the police to sabotage the case, asked DGP Loknath Behera and Kochi Range IG Vijay S Sakhare to file a report at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the protestors moved to the office of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council office in Kochi demanding the resignation of Franco. They said they would intensify their action. UNI