The nuns had written to the Bishop regarding this.
“I was surprised and dismayed at seeing the letter to Sr Neena Rose. I am giving a directive to the general that she will not issue any letters to the five of you without my explicit permission. This will be an order to her from me as apostolic administrator in charge of the congregation-since it is if Diocesan Right, it comes under me,” he wrote.
“I like to assure the five of you that, as far as lies within my power, there will be no move from the diocese of Jalandhar to oust you from the Kuravilangad convent as long as you are needed for the court case,” wrote Bishop Agnelo in the letter.
The four nuns who are supporting the survivor, who are also key witnesses in the case against Bishop Franco, were asked to join different convents in Punjab, Jharkhand Bihar and Kannur. Another nun who had stood with them has been asked by the church to appear before the authorities in Jalandhar where at present Franco is residing and explain her actions. All five of them are key witnesses to the case.
Earlier, a petition endorsed by over 50 prominent personalities and organisations from various fields across the country including poet Sachidanandan and writer Anand was despatched to the Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking the immediate and effective intervention of his office to ensure the constitutional and legal protection to all the nuns involved in the nun rape case.
The petition was written by the conveners of the ‘Save our Sisters’ movement. In the letter, the forum has urged the government to ensure that the lives and safety of the nuns are not endangered by enforcing the transfer order.