The central bureau of investigation (CBI) has been asked to conduct preliminary inquiry against the adoption house, Preet Mandir in Pune following a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging that the adoption house is selling the kids for higher rates to foreigners in the guise of adoption.
The PIL was filed by NGO Adavit seeking inquiry into the functioning of the adoption house. The HC had then asked CARA to file an affidavit after inquiring into the allegations.
The Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), an autonomous Body under the Ministry of Women & Child Development, responsible for keeping a check on international adoption has suspended Preet Mandir's license last July after the with immediate effect after it was reported that the adoption home was allegedly involved in selling babies to foreigners for $12,000.
The Maharashtra government had then asked the Department of Women and Child Development to cancel their license. Pending the inquiry its recognition is suspended by CARA.
However, CARA filed an affidavit on Wednesday stating that there was no irregularity in the functioning of the Preet Mandir, said Pradip Havnur, counsel for Adavit. Havnur pointed out a judgment of the Supreme Court of 1987 which specified that the reimbursement fees that was to be paid to an adoption house has to be Rs 6,000 only for foreign adopters. Also, scrutiny fees is not to exceed Rs 450. However, Preet Mandir has been taking around Rs 17 lakh for clearing international adoption, alleged Havnur.
"Besides, CARA is hand-in-glove with the Preet Mandir and it is giving a clean chit to the adoption house," argued Havnur.
A division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice AV Mohta on Wednesday asked the CBI to file inquiry report in four weeks time. CARA has also been directed to file further affidavit following further allegations.