Jalandhar: Rape-accused Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal has tested positive for COVID-19. Mulakkal’s PRO Father Peter said the health of the bishop is not so good, according to reports.

On July 13, the Kottayam Additional District Court cancelled the bail of rape-accused Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal. The bail was cancelled after Mulakkal failed to appear on numerous occasions before the court despite several warnings.

During the previous hearing on July 1 too Mulakkal had failed to appear in court.

According to reports, his lawyer stated that he had to go into quarantine as one of his advocates had tested positive for coronavirus. However, the prosecution refuted the claim saying, the place where Mulakkal lived in Jalandhar was not a containment zone on July 1.

The court cancelled his bail, considering the prosecution’s argument that the accused was trying to delay the trial, and posted the case to August 13.