Dismissal of Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s Plea Seeking Discharge from Nun Rape Case: SC

The Supreme Court dismissed a plea of the prime accused Bishop Frank Mullakal in the rape case of a nun. He had submitted the plea seeking for discharge from the criminal trial. The bench comprising of the Chief Justice of India, Justice SA Bobde, Justice V. Ramsubranium and Justice A.S Bopanna dismissed the plea straightforwardly, stating that there was no question of discharging him from the trial.

The Bishop in his plea, filed by Advocate, Anand Mishra redundantly put forth his innocence and how he is being framed, solely for questioning the nun about her financial dealings.

He is accused of raping the nun on a number of occasions, taking undue advantage of his dominant position. His actions led to allegations by a help group for sisters and brought him under the scrutiny and investigation by Special Investigation Team of Kerala police, which after intensive and thorough inquiry booked him Section 342, 376 (2) (k) and (n) and further under 377 and 506 (I) of the IPC.

This is not his first attempt to get off the hook, he had earlier filed a Revision petition in the High court challenging the dismissal of the Trial Court in the case. The high court too dismissed his plea, observing that there was enough evidence on the prima facie to establish the fact that the Sister was subjected to sexual assault, amounting to rape by him.

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