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Sale of newborns in MP: Nursing home owner had ‘adopted’ girl

TK Gupta — the absconding owner-cum-director of Palash nursing home in Gwalior — is a rape accused out on bail and he himself had ‘adopted’ a girl child, police said.

bhopal Updated: Apr 24, 2016 16:09 IST
HT Correspondent
trafficking of newborns
The Palash nursing home was reportedly at the centre of an inter-state racket involved in trafficking of newborns for the last four years. (HT File)

TK Gupta — the absconding owner-cum-director of Palash nursing home in Gwalior — is a rape accused out on bail and he himself had ‘adopted’ a girl child, police said.

The Palash nursing home was reportedly at the centre of an inter-state racket involved in trafficking of newborns for the last four years.

Police had raided the private nursing home on April 18 and rescued two newborns with no birth record and other mandatory details.

Police is investigating whether Gupta, 34, had followed the child adoption process in his case or allegedly took help of the trafficking racket.

Additional Superintendent of Police Kumar Prateek said Gupta was accused of sexually assaulting a girl who had visited his clinic in Gautam Nagar in 2013. “He was out on bail in the case. The case against him is registered at the Thatipur Morar police station.”

Police questioned Gupta’s wife Tulsi Gupta about his whereabouts and also about the adoption of the girl child.

Tulsi was unable to provide satisfactory replies. “We have given her some time. If she doesn’t provide us documents (related to adoption), action will be taken against her,” the additional SP said.

Gupta is believed to be hiding somewhere near Gwalior and not in Chhattisgarh as claimed by Tulsi before media.

Prateek said additional charges under Juvenile Justice Act were slapped against Gupta and Arun Bhadoria, the co-director and manager of the nursing home. Police will seek custody of Bhadoria, who is under judicial remand, on Monday.

Meanwhile, chief medical and health officer Anoop Kamthan said notices were served on six doctors and four para-medics associated with Palash nursing home. “If they fail to give satisfactory replies, we will recommend cancellation of their registration to MCI and Indian Nursing Council.”

31 teams comprising officials and doctors will inspect over 75 nursing homes in the district. “These teams will fill up questionnaire and submit compliance report in 15 days. Later, the exercise will be conducted on regular basis for curbing illegal practices in nursing homes,” Kamthan added.