The arrested accused include alleged kingpin Prabodh Rathod, a dismissed government employee from Nanded, impersonators including two police officers of assistant inspector rank, a CID handwriting expert and a policeman.
The CID had initiated a probe following orders from the government on February 25, 2015. The CID received several complaints and accordingly six offences were registered at Dahisar, Beed, Parbhani, and Bhandara.
They have been charged with selling about 17 children, aged between one and 14 years, to foreigners while falsely claiming that the children were handed over for legal adoption to needy couples after due screening and official procedures.
Pradip Agarwal is considered to be the kingpin of the racket. He had been on the run for over six months, said the official. A court on Monday remanded him to 14 days’ police custody, said a senior official of the agency.
In its report dated April 29, the commission said the “investigation carried out by the local police is unsatisfactory”, and that the statements of all the victims and witnesses were yet to be recorded.