Additional Sessions Judge SS Gharge rejected the anticipatory bail petition of Preet Mandir managing trustee Joginder Singh Bhasin on Friday.
The CBI had registered a case in May this year against Bhasin and some state government officials for their alleged involvement in an inter-country adoption racket. Following the complaint,Bhasin has submitted an anticipatory bail application in the court in July through his lawyer Shrikant Shivade. It is alleged that the managing trustee of the Pune-based foundation entered into a criminal conspiracy with unknown persons and kidnapped the children of poor people in Maharashtra with a motive to send them outside to extort huge money from their foster parents during the period 2002 to 2010.
Meanwhile,the Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court comprising J Hardas and J Deshpande handed over the custody of Komal (8) and Swati (10) from Aurangabad to their mother Meerabai Kamble on Monday after a writ petition was filed earlier this year as Preet Mandir was refusing to hand over these girls to their mother.
Volunteers of a non-government organisation from Aurangabad had caught hold of the two girls when they were playing on the road. The mother,a daily wage worker followed them to the office. They refused to hand over the daughters to her saying that they had to finish some paperwork. Since then the two girls were being shifted from one adoption agency to another, said advocate Monika Purnapatre,counsel for Kamble appointed by the state legal service authority. Purnapatre said in January 2010,Komal and Swati were shifted from Bal Kalyan Samiti’s Aurangabad branch to Preet Mandir,Pune.
The transfer had taken place without the written consent of chairperson of Bal Kalyan Samiti Usha Mahajan violating the mandate. Later Preet Mandir denied the custody until the Bombay High Court asked them to produce the girls in the court on Monday,when the custody was granted to their mother, Purnapatre said.