Kerala Nun Rape Case: DGP Lokanath Behera hints at immediate arrest of the accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal
As the interrogation of the Catholic Bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal at the state of the art room at the CID office of the Kerala Police in Thripunnithura for the second day is progressing, the police is trying to tighten the loopholes and find clinching evidence from his statements, as the bishop is accused of raping a nun. The bishop came to the CID office from a private hotel in Kundanoor this morning, accompanied by police escort. Even as the interrogation is continuing, Kerala DGP, Lokanath Behera has spoken to the media and hinted that the arrest of the bishop is imminent and he added that the investigating team can take independent decision whether to take Franco Mulakkal into custody or not. The interrogation team includes Kottayam SP Harishankar and Vaikom DYSP K Subash.
Before the interrogation commenced this morning at 11.00 AM, senior police officers had a meeting. The outcome after the first day’s interrogation the police had with the bishop was far from satisfactory. Today’s interrogation has become all the more important for the fact that with the first day’s unsatisfactory statements by the bishop has justified that the police can take him into custody, especially with the High Court not preventing any arrest.
Today’s interrogation is based on the contradictory statements issued by the bishop and the eventual arrest, if the police decides to do so. The question of whether the bishop will be arrested depends on the statements he would be making during the interrogation during the course of the day. From the statement issued by Mulakkal yesterday, the police is making all out efforts to counter his arguments with the evidences they have gathered will force the bishop to go on defensive mode is what the calculation is all about. If that happens, the it would lead to the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun. Meanwhile, the number of supporters who are supporting the agitating nuns are increasing in large numbers.