Two Orthodox priests accused of rape surrender

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Kollam/Thiruvalla, Aug 13 (IANS) Two Malankara Orthodox Church priests accused in a rape case of a woman parishioner, Monday surrendered as per the directive of the Supreme Court.

Father Sony (Abraham) Varghese and Father Jaice K. George had moved the Supreme Court. The court asked them to surrender before a probe team on or before the Aug 13.

These two priests were on the run and had approached the Supreme Court, which for a while stayed their arrest till the case was disposed of. Early this month they were asked to appear before the probe team by Aug 13.

While Varghese appeared before a court in Thiruvalla, George appeared before the police at Kollam.

Varghese was later remanded in judicial custody till Aug 23 and George will be produced before a court tomorrow.