Bishop Franco Mulakkal taken to Pala magistrate court
Kottayam: Bishop Franco Mulakkal who was arrested in connection with the sexual abuse complaint filed by a nun has been taken to Pala court. Though there were reports that the bishop will be subjected to medical checkup in Kottayam general hospital before producing in the court, it was not carried out. The medical checkup will be performed in Pala Taluk Hospital.
The 54-year-old clergyman would be produced at the magistrate court in Pala. The bishop was discharged on Saturday morning from Kottayam Medical College where he was admitted following chest pain on Friday night.
The doctors diagnosed that the bishop suffered a high blood pressure which led to chest pain. Sources said ECG and other cardiac-related tests were performed. His health condition is said to be normal.
He had complained of pain in his chest while being taken to Kottayam Police club from the Crime Branch office in Thripunithura in Ernakulam district Friday night.
He was under observation in the cardiology section of the Medical College Hospital for over 6 hours after his blood pressure shot up.
In her complaint to the Kottayam Police in June, the nun had alleged that Bishop Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.
She said she had to approach the police as the church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman. However, the bishop has denied the charges.
(With inputs from PTI)