Seva gram mulls action against Dohle

After the Supreme Court dismissed Swanand alias Arun Dohle’s petition seeking summons to his biological mother...

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:August 20, 2010 4:28 am

No judgment in his favour,access allowed to police report: counsel

After the Supreme Court dismissed Swanand alias Arun Dohle’s petition seeking summons to his biological mother,the Kusumbai Motichand Mahila Seva Gram here is contemplating legal action against Dohle for giving wrong information in a section of media. Dohle is the one who had claimed that he is the son of NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s brother.

Dohle,who was adopted by German nationals in 1973,had returned to Pune in 2004 in search of his biological mother. After the seva gram refused to give him his mother’s details,Dohle had filed a complaint against its office-bearers,followed by a petition in Bombay HC. The court dismissed it in 2004,after which Dohle moved the apex court in 2006. This appeal,too,was dismissed this week.

“A section of media had reported that the SC had passed a judgment in Dohle’s favour; that the court has allowed adoptees to find their biological mother,” said Ajit Kulkarni who represented the organisation in the apex court.

Kulkarni said the court had given a two-line order against Dohle,that read “Having heard learned counsel for the parties and perused the records,we are of the opinion that there is no merit in this appeal. The appeal is dismissed accordingly.”

He said none of the advocates had come to Pune to access the seva gram records. “The court had asked police to investigate Dohle’s matter through seva gram and submit a report. He and advocates got access to this report.”

Kulkarni added,“This case was conflict of right to know (of the adoptee) and right to privacy (of the biological mother). We are also contemplating to request the SC to give fresh guidelines if such a confusion arises.”

Advocate Neela Gokhale,who also represented seva gram in SC,said adoptive parents should take care to include their names in the child’s birth certificate. “Dohle had procured birth certificate mentioning his biological mother’s name from PMC.”

Sumantai Kirloskar,trustee of Kusumbai Motichand Mahila Seva Gram,said,“There are a number of unmarried women who give away their children to institutes like ours because of financial and social conditions. Such children are given for adoption after their mother signs the relinquishment deed. If adoptees are allowed to see their biological mothers,unmarried mothers will start abandoning their children.” Dohle’s counsel Senthil Jagadeesan said,“I am not aware if Dohle had independently given any statements in the media. Dohle was looking for his biological mother with the court’s assistance,but his appeal has been dismissed.”

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