The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to Rev. Fr. R. Rajarathinam, Principal of St. Joseph's College in Tiruchi, and three other clergymen as to why their anticipatory bail granted in a rape case involving a nun should not be cancelled.

A Bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra issued notice on a special leave petition filed by the complainant/victim challenging the order of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High court granting them anticipatory bail on November 3.

The Bench after hearing counsel G. Sivabalamurugan for the appellant granted four weeks for them to file their response and directed the matter to be listed thereafter.

Acting on a petition from the Principal and three others, the High Court had granted anticipatory bail to them.

In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that she was raped on January 22, 2006 under the influence of drugs.

There was delay in registering the complaint as she was threatened not to file the complaint, she had said.

She prayed for quashing the impugned order and a direction to cancel his anticipatory bail.