Nun rape case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal files review petition in SC
New Delhi: Bishop Franco Mulakkal approached the Supreme Court requesting to review the order which rejected his discharge petition filed in connection with the nun rape case.
He also submitted a plea requesting to hold the hearing of the review petition in open court. Bishop Franco has demanded the apex court to stay the trial of the nun rape case till the review petition is finalised.
The review petition was filed against the order issued by Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubrahmaniam on August 5. Though senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who defends the bishop, had stated that many facts have to be explained, the court refused for a detailed hearing.
Franco Mulakkal had claimed that the complainant nun had been trying to form a new congregation cooperating with another church since 2013 and she failed in this attempt.
Some complaints were received against her in 2017 and inquiry started. The nun filed the complaint as a result of conspiracy in revenge to this act, Franco alleged in the plea. He further alleged that the nun joined with Syro Malabar church and acted against the interest of Latin church.
Case was booked against Franco as per IPC sections 342, 376(2)(k), 376(2)(n), 376 C(a), 377 and 506 (ii). He had no authority over the nun as Jalandhar bishop. So, the cases as per sections 376(2)(k), 376(2)(n), 376 C(a) do not exist, the bishop claimed.
According to the rules of the Supreme Court, review petition is first listed in the chamber. It will be listed in the open court only if the bench orders.