Case against Franco Mulakkal deferred to Jan 25
Kottayam: The rape case charged against Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been deferred to January 25. The case was postponed after Franco Mulakkal failed to appear before the Kottayam Additional District Sessions Court, which considers the case.
Instead of Franco Mulakkal, his lawyer only appeared before the court. The lawyer said that Franco Mulakkal has filed a plea stating that he cannot appear before the court. Meanwhile, the court did not accept the defence counsel’s request for more time to consider the case.
Franco Mulakkal was arrested on September 21, 2019. The charge sheet was submitted in April 2019. The police have imposed five cases including charges of rape, unnatural sex and abuse of power against Franco Mulakkal.
The proceedings such as reading out the charge sheet prior to the beginning of trial are yet to be completed. Franco Mulakkal had appeared before the court on November 30. Following this, his bail period was extended.