Rape case against bishop: Cops quiz nuns

JALANDHAR: A team of Kottayam police, investigating the case filed by a nun against the of Diocese, Franco Mulakkal, questioned local nuns for eight hours at the Mission of Jesus Sisters (MJS) in Jalandhar Cantonment on Saturday.
The complainant nun was part of the MJS and was working here.

Led by DSP K Subhash, the six-member team, which included a woman personnel, questioned three nuns at the mission campus, located just opposite St Mary‘s Cathedral, the city‘s oldest Catholic church. The team reached the mission campus at 11.45am.

It is learnt that they spoke to superior general of the mission sister Regina and two other sisters.

Sources said they recorded their statements and also questioned them in detail about the working of the convent and transfers procedures for nuns.

The MSJ works under the Diocese of Jalandhar. Sister Regina had earlier confirmed to TOI on July 14 that she received a complaint on November 10, 2016, against the complainant nun for moral turpitude after which a committee of four sisters was set up to investigate the allegations.

She had told that they had even went to Kerala to question her but she never cooperated. “Her Delhi-based first cousin had alleged that she was in relationship with her husband,” she had told.

She alleged that the complaint was made to the MJS against the complainant nun as she was part of the organization. Bishop Mulakkal had earlier told TOI that Sister Regina had come to him for consultation as the bishop was the patron of the MSG.

“I told her to go by the procedure. Had I not asked her to probe the complaint, it would have been a cover up and the complainant could have put up us in the dock for no action on her complaint,” he said.

Mulakkal has been claiming innocence and stating that he is rather a victim. He alleged that false charges were leveled against him as “very serious allegations against the nun were being investigated the MSJ sisters discreetly and in a guarded manner without creating any scene”.

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