The special court in Pune rejected the discharge application of Jainendra Kumar Mittal,former chairman of the Child Adoption Resource Agency (CARA),who was booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation along with five others in connection with the alleged illegal adoption racket,involving Preet Mandir,a Pune based orphanage.
Special CBI judge Sudhakar Yerlagadda passed the order on Saturday. The court found sufficient material to frame charges against Mittal and hence his discharge application was rejected.
It may be recalled that CBI had filed a chargesheet in the illegal child adoption racket in March 2011,against six persons including Joginder Singh Bhasin (73),the managing trustee of Preet Mandir in Pune,his wife Mahinder (70) and son Gurpreet (44),both trustees of Preet Mandir,Vasudev Gangadhar Darshane,the superintendent of Vasudev Babaji Navrange Balak Ashram in Pandharpur,Chandrashekhar Admane,the then social worker at Preet Mandir and Mittal,the then CARA chairman.
The accused were charged under various Sections of the IPC,including 120 B (criminal conspiracy),420 (cheating),467 and 468 (forgery),363 (kidnapping),383 (extortion),403 (misappropriation of property),405 (criminal breach of trust),471 (falsification of accounts) along with Section 132(2) read with Section 13(1) of Prevention of Corruption Act,1988.
As per the chargesheet,Bhasin was allegedly involved in the illegal trafficking of children and had opened a rehabilitation center at Kanhe Phata near Pune in 2004. The chargesheet said Bhasin,his wife and son,allegedly misappropriated funds from 2002 to 2007 for travel and stay in five-star hotels. The chargesheet said Mittal,when he was chairman of CARA,took favours from Preet Mandir in 2007.
Mittal had come to Pune for inspection of adoption agencies. He stayed in a luxurious room at Hotel Aurora Towers between June 7 and 9,2007 as Preet Mandirs guest.
The hotel bill was Rs 16,361. He paid Rs 11,000 and later reimbursed it from CARA. He deposited the remaining Rs 5,361 on Preet Mandirs account at the hotel. Also,when Mittal had come to Mumbai in January 2010 and stayed at a hotel,a Preet Mandir employee allegedly gave Rs 50,000 to him through a hotel staff.
Mittal filed a discharge application in the special court in March 2013. He argued that CBI has not recovered this Rs 50,000 and has not disclosed the motive.
Mittal also claimed that CARA chairman is not a public servant because he does not draw any salary from government. CARA is an autonomous body of the Government of Indias Ministry of Women and Child Development. The court,however,rejected his discharge application.