Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal pleads not guilty, chargesheet read out to accused

A court in Kerala's Kottayam on Thursday framed charges against former Bishop of Jalandhar Diocese, Franco Mulakkal, in the case relating to the rape of a nun in Kerala. The Additional Sessions Court Judge read out to Mulakkal, who was present in the court, the charges under various sections of the IPC including the punishment for offense for rape as it commenced trial proceedings in the sensational case. The accused denied the charges against him.