September 9, 2009 5:12:43 am
After being summoned to Bombay High Court last month over a missing child the boy was finally traced last week Maharashtra DGP S S Virk has been now told to be present in court next week unless another child,a baby stolen from the BMC-run Sion Hospital around nine months ago,is found.
The court was hearing a petition by the babys parents Mohan and Mohini Nerurkar.
Last week,the missing son of complainant Priti Chug,who had alleged that her four-year-old son had been taken away by her absconding husband,was finally traced.
On Tuesday,the court gave police time until next Monday to trace the missing baby failing which Virk will have to remain present in court.
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The BMC informed a division bench of Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice A R Joshi that almost all the guidelines for security of babies in corporation hospitals have been complied with.
But what about the child? justice Nazki asked.
On querying about the efforts made by the police,additional public prosecutor K V Saste informed the court that a baby was located in a local train at Bandra station. But investigations revealed it was not the missing baby. Saste submitted that the police are taking sincere efforts to find the baby.
When you take sincere efforts you can find the child, Justice Nazki remarked pointing out that it has been nine months since the baby was stolen.
The court then said that the DGP will have to appear in all such cases. Appearing for the petitioners lawyer,Ashish Chavan submitted that the question whether the corporation is responsible for the babys disappearance remains unanswered.
The court said that it would fix responsibility for the lapse and decide on the compensation to be given to the family during the next hearing.
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