In a significant development, Kerala Police on Wednesday asked Bishop Franco Mullakal of Jalandhar diocese, facing charges of raping a nun, to appear before the investigating team on September 19.
The clergyman was summoned after top police officials held a meeting amid mounting pressure to initiate action against Mullakal.
In a scathing letter to the Vatican that was made available to the media Tuesday, the nun also asked will the Church be able to give back what she has lost. She alleged that Bishop Franco Mulakkal was using “political and money power” to bury the case against him.
She had accused the clergyman of sexually assaulting her repeatedly between 2014 and 2016.
The bishop had, however, dismissed the allegations as “baseless and concocted”, insisting she levelled those as the catholic order had rejected her demand for favours.