The Kerala Government and the nun have moved the Kerala High Court against Bishop Franco Mulakkal's acquittal in the case by a trial court. The nun had accused Roman Catholic bishop Franco Mulakkal of rape. But the trial court acquitted Bishop Franco of the rape charges.
In its appeal, filed through additional public prosecutor P. Narayanan, against the trial court's January 14, 2022 decision, the prosecution contended that the sessions judge, without appreciating the evidence in the correct perspective, "misconstrued facts and law and gave unwarranted acquittal to the accused" and set him free.
Seeking that the session court's decision should be kept aside, the prosecution has also claimed that the lower court's judgement was "patently wrong, manifestly erroneous and totally perverse".
Mulakkal, 57, was accused of raping the nun multiple times during his visit to a convent in this district between 2014 and 2016 when he was the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. The survivor is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, a diocesan congregation under the Jalandhar Diocese.
In her complaint to the police in June 2018, the nun alleged that she was subjected to sexual abuse by Franco Mulakkal between 2014 and 2016.