Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala top court docket (HC) on Tuesday rejected deposed Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s plea to quash the price of sexually assaulting a nun towards him and directed him to stand trial.
He had moved the HC after a tribulation court docket in Kottayam had pushed aside his discharge plea in March.
On Tuesday, the prosecution contended that there was once robust proof towards him and he was once shifting pleas steadily to extend the trial.
Later, Justice V Shircy rejected his plea and directed him to face trial within the case.
His suggest stated Mulakkal would transfer the Splendid Courtroom (SC) quickly.
In June, the trial court docket had requested him to seem earlier than it on July 1, however he had performed truant, mentioning that his home is Jalandhar is situated in a coronavirus illness (Covid-19) containment zone.
Sister Anupama, probably the most 5 nuns, who had staged in a sit-in Kochi in September 2018 in quest of the Bishop’s arrest, stated she is pleased with Tuesday’s court docket order and mentioned that she has complete religion within the judicial machine of the rustic.
Mulakkal got here beneath fireplace in June 2018, when the nun (43), additionally a Mom Awesome, had complained to the police in Kottayam that Jalandhar Bishop had raped her a number of instances between 2014 and 2016.
The rape survivor nun is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation based totally in Punjab.
The particular investigation staff (SIT) of Kerala Police arrested him in September 2018 after a number of rounds of wondering.
He was once granted bail after 40 days.
Mulakkal was once got rid of because the Jalandhar Bishop after the allegations got here to mild.
The SIT had filed the price sheet towards him final yr.
The trial was once slated to begin on November 11, but it surely was once get rid of until November 30.
It was once once more deferred to January 6 after Mulakkal sought extra time.
Later, he filed a discharge plea within the trial court docket in Kottayam, in quest of to quash fees towards him claiming that the rape survivor had implicated him after he took motion towards her for monetary irregularities within the convent.
Mulakkal’s case has pitchforked the position of Save our Sister Discussion board, which is spearheading the marketing campaign towards the deposed Bishop and likewise as an organisation this is combating for reforms within the Syro-Malabar Church, the second-largest Japanese Catholic Church on the planet.