Doctor, two NGO workers booked in 2010 infant trafficking case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 13, 2014 23:56 IST

A local court has charged a doctor and two NGO workers with cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy for colluding in preparing fake birth certificate of a girl child in the sensational infant trafficking case of 2010.

The court slapped additional charges on the accused while hearing a revision petition filed against the trial court order which had booked the doctor only for the offence of forgery and cheating.

Charging accused doctor Atul Thapar of Kamlesh Medical Centre with forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy, Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Hemani Malhotra said that there is sufficient material and documents on record that he forged and manufactured a number of documents to create record of birth of the infant given to a woman, who did not deliver any baby herself.

The court also booked two NGO workers who ran orphanage, Shobha Gupta and Ranjeeta Bhasin, with cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy charges.

“Accused Ranjeeta Bhasin was instrumental in preparation of documents like fake admission to Kamlesh Medical Center, discharge slip, entry in the admission register and register maintained qua information given to MCD online.

She was also a tool in inducing the beneficiaries (concerned persons who received children) to part with substantial amounts with a promise to deliver legal adoption documents,” the court said.

The trial court had charged Ranjeeta Bhasin and Shobha Gupta with confining a kidnapped person and criminal conspiracy only.

The court, however, refused to interfere with the trial court order of booking fourth accused Pawan Kumar for offences of confining a kidnapped person and criminal conspiracy.

The trial court had booked Dr Atul Thapar for offences under section 465 (forgery) and 417(cheating) of IPC only.

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