The state wants to revoke the order of suspending the license for Pune-based adoption house, Preet Mandir for domestic adoptions.
Preet Mandir was in the limelight in 2007 when a news channel alleging that the adoption house sold babies to foreigners for US $ 12,000 carried out a sting operation.
Vandana Krishna, principal secretary of the women and child welfare department, wrote a letter the Bombay high court stating that they wanted to revoke their order and allow Preet Mandir to go ahead with domestic adoptions.
In June, the state suspended the license after issuing the adoption house a show cause notice.
In July, while hearing a petition by a non-governmental organisation, Sakhee, the high court had restrained Preet Mandir from processing further adoption applications till further orders.
In view of the order, the government cannot revoke their suspension order.
Revati Dere, counsel for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), informed the court they have lodged an FIR against the director of Preet Mandir – Joginder Singh Bhasin.
Even Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), a nodal agency in international adoptions, has stayed international adoptions by the adoption house.
A division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice AP Bhangale has given the government a deadline of January 11 if they want to reconsider withdrawing the suspension order.
A petition was filed in the high court by two NGOs – Advait Foundation and Sakhee – seeking that an independent agency should probe the allegations of Preet Mandir selling babies in the guise of adoption. Since then the high court has been monitoring progress in the case.
In 2007, the high court had handed over investigation to the CBI.
However, in October 2007, the CBI gave a clean chit to the adoption house saying that all its monetary transactions were accounted for.
Two years after giving clean chit to Preet Mandir, the CBI realised that its investigation was sloppy and further probe was required.
Additional solicitor general Darius Khambata had sought permission of the high court in September 2009 to carry out further investigation in the case.