CBI special court of D R Mahajan,on Wednesday,rejected discharge pleas of all the three accused in Preet Mandir adoption racket -Joginder Singh Bhasin (72),his wife Mahinder (68) and son Gurpreet (43) – on grounds that there was sufficient evidence against the three and that they must stand for trial.
The court stated that Bhasin had misused funds to the tune of Rs 47 lakh and that they were making money by running an illegal adoption racket, said Vivek Saxena,CBI special prosecutor.
The trio had recently filed discharge pleas,seeking to discharge them from the charges of running illegal adoption racket at Preet Mandir. While Bhasin was the managing trustee of Balwant Kartar Anand Foundation that runs the adoption home,Mahinder and Gurpreet were trustees when the alleged criminal activities had taken place.
According to the chargesheet filed by CBI in March 2011,the trio allegedly misappropriated the funds for their personal use from 2002 to 2007 for travel and stay in five-star hotels.