The affidavit, dated August 10, 2018, was filed in the Kerala High Court. It stated, “During the course of the investigation so far conducted and the available evidence collected so far, it is revealed that the accused Bishop Franco committed an unnatural offence and committed rape repeatedly on different dates from September 23, 2016, to May 5, 2018.”
This comes to light just a day after the accused Bishop cried foul over the rape allegations against himself. He had accused the ‘anti-church elements’ of falsely implicating him.
“I think some internal forces are using these nuns for some advantage. The antis in the church are pushing these nuns forward to raise their own issues. There is a conspiracy behind this. Few people are taking advantage of this. I will cooperate to all legal measures,” Bishop Mulackal had told ANI.
The nun from Kerala had accused the 54-year-old priest of raping her on several occasions between 2014 and 2016. On Tuesday, the nun appealed to the Vatican seeking justice.