The police, who questioned the bishop for eight hours on the second consecutive day at the Tripunithura Crime Branch office, allowed him to leave the station with the questioning set to continue on Friday. However, Missionaries of Jesus, the congregation to which the nuns belong to has reportedly conducted an internal probe into the matter and found out that the survivor nun has allegedly conspired against the bishop.
On Wednesday, the Jalandhar Bishop was interrogated for almost seven hours since 11 in the morning. The decision to arrest the Bishop will be taken post-interrogation, reported the daily.
The nun in Kerala alleged that she was sexually abused by Franco Mulakkal 13 times between 2014 and 2016 during his visits to a convent in Kottayam district.
A team of Kerala Police headed by DSP K Subhash had travelled to Jalandhar to question the Bishop regarding the case.
Rajat Kalsan, a Haryana criminal lawyer, who has represented the victim in the Dabra gangrape case, as well as other such sexual offences, told Firstpost: "According to the CrPC, the procedure is clear: first arrest, then interrogate".
The protest has gathered momentum with Christian bodies, activists, writers and locals joining in and notching up demand for the bishop's arrest. Mulakkal has maintained that the allegations against him were a "cooked up story to wreak vengeance" for the actions taken by him on various complaints received against the nun. "We are very happy. the Vatican has finally heard our prayers", said one of the nuns. Agitations have been on for days, after there was a delay in the Kerala Police acting on the complaint. "We can not crucify an innocent soul based on such allegations", reported News18. However, the police reportedly submitted an affidavit which states that investigations so far reveal that the bishop had abused his position of power and raped the nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016.