New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 15: Kerala high court on Monday granted bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrested on charges of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun.
Earlier, his bail plea was rejected by a lower court.
The bishop was arrested on September 21, days after a nun had alleged that he raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.
However, the bishop has denied the charges.
After three days of questioning, the Kerala Police had arrested Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar and has been accused of repeatedly raping a nun, police said.
This is the first time in the country that a bishop has been arrested for rape.
The arrest came after the bishop was questioned for three consecutive days at the Crime Branch office near Tripunithura here.
Mulakkal has been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing the nun between 2014 and 2016. She raised her complaint against the Bishop in June.
The news of his arrest was received with shouting of slogans at a venue where five nuns have been on an indefinite protest along with the public for the past 14 days demanding his arrest.
"We still can't believe that he has been arrested. We are overjoyed," exclaimed a nun.
"We are extremely happy. This happened only because we got the support of the public and also the media," said another nun.