Kerala High Court grants conditional bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal

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The Kerala High Court on Monday granted conditional bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping and sexually assaulting a nun multiple times at a convent in Kerala.

In its order, the High Court has directed that Mulkkal’s passport will be seized after his release from the sub-jail in Kottayam. He has also been asked to appear before the police once in two weeks till the final report is ready.

Bishop Mulakkal was arrested on September 21 after three days of questioning and on September 24 he was sent to judicial custody by the very same court. However, His judicial custody was rejected by the Kerala High Court on October 3, citing prima facie evidence against him.

It was the first time in the country that a bishop was arrested.