When asked whether Mulakkal can be arrested before September 25, the day his anticipatory bail plea will come up for hearing in the high court, the top police officer said, "I think, legally there is no problem. For this, three teams will examine them in detail and complete the verifications overnight", he said. The nun had given her statement and said that the bishop sexually abused her multiple times.
NDTV reported that the accused Bishop arrived at the Crime Branch Office along with a counsel and other priests at around 11 am.
He also wrote to Pope Francis, the highest authority in the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, expressing his desire to "temporarily step aside" from the responsibilities of the diocese, allowing him time to fight his case.
The Vatican's decision was welcomed by the nuns protesting against Mulakkal, reported PTI.
Her letter, leaked to Indian media, said Mulakkal was "using political and money power to bury the case". Mulakkal has maintained that the allegations against him were a "cooked up story to wreak vengeance" for the actions taken by him on various complaints received against the nun. The sister also said that she was there all those years and that she saw the victim nun being very happy with Franco Mulakkal. However, their move did attract some strong criticism as The Missionaries of Jesus congregation, on September 10 condemned the protest by the five nuns. "The arrest depends on the investigation, interrogation and the evidence collected".
The FIR registered on 28 June, at 6.12 pm in Kuravidangalu police station, Kottayam (a copy of which Firstpost has reviewed), pursuant to a complaint by the survivor nun, charges Mulakkal with Sections 342, 376 (2)(k), 376 (2)(n), 377, 506 for offences amounting to wrongful confinement, rape, unnatural sex and criminal intimidation.