Interrogation is over. It has been found that the bishop has committed the offence.
The Vatican has accepted a request from a bishop in India to be temporarily relieved of his pastoral duties as police questioned him for a second day over accusations that he raped a nun.
Mumbai Auxiliary Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gomez will hold the administrative charge with immediate effect in Mulakkal's absence, confirmed the Catholic Bishop Conference of India in a statement.
The arrest happened 85 days after an FIR was registered to name the bishop as accused on June 28 at Kuravilangad police station.
Rajat Kalsan, a Haryana criminal lawyer, who has represented the victim in the Dabra gangrape case, as well as other such sexual offences, told Firstpost: "According to the CrPC, the procedure is clear: first arrest, then interrogate".
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In her police complaint, the nun alleged that Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.
The former bishop was grilled for hours in the past two days, was directed to be present before the investigation team by 10.30am today. It is reported that the probe team discussed the matter with higher officials.
By around 3 pm, people started gathering near the questioning facility even as additional police personnel were deployed in the area right from the morning.
Citing convention, legal experts had said the priest is unlikely to be arrested before September 25. Shortly after his arrival, the police team led by Kottayam superintendent of police Hari Sankar and Vaikom deputy superintendent of police K.Subhash started the interrogation at the hi-tech facility.
Franco Mulakkal had written to Pope Francis requesting for permission to step down temporarily as the bishop or head of the Diocese of Jalandhar, saying he needs to spend more time to fight his case. From a small protest by five nuns, it has virtually grown into a movement over the past week with nuns and priests from various churches joining in.