“Everybody will celebrate Holi, but what about these parents? Their life has been made colourless.”
This was how Bombay High Court judge Bilal Nazki reacted when counsel for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said
the BMC would take a week to file an affidavit in the case of the newborn boy who was kidnapped from Sion hospital on January 1 this year.
Mohan and Mohini Nerurkar had approached the high court after the police had failed to trace their child who was kidnapped by an unidentified woman from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital at Sion.
The court had asked the BMC if it was willing to pay compensation to the couple and counsel K.K. Singhvi on Friday said the municipal commissioner had declined.
The division bench of Justice Nazki and Justice A.R. Joshi asked the BMC to file an affidavit saying this so that it could pass appropriate orders.
Singhvi also told the court the BMC would not take any action against the hospital staff till the departmental inquiry was concluded.
When Justice Nazki insisted that the affidavit be filed by evening, Singhvi sought a week’s time saying: “Officers are on leave for Holi and it will not be possible to file the affidavit before March 12.”
The judges also rapped Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Baviskar, who heads the special investigation team set up to trace the child.
On January 1, the baby boy was stolen from Sion hospital. The kidnapped baby was the couple’s third child after two daughters.