Director General of Police (DGP) SS Virk’s success in tracing five-year-old Sujal Chhug who was allegedly kidnapped by his father, Bunty (28), prompted the Bombay High Court to ask the top cop to monitor yet another missing child case.
The HC, on Wednesday, asked Virk to personally monitor investigations in the case of an infant stolen from Lokmanya Tilak Hospital (Sion hospital) in January this year.
The boy, born to Mohini and Mohan Nerurkar, was allegedly stolen from the hospital on January 1 by an unidentified woman.
“We are passing this order as in an earlier case when we sought the assistance of the DGP, the child was found within 10 days,” observed the division bench of Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice AR Joshi.
“We have legitimate expectations,” the bench said.
The court was referring to Sujal’s case.
The child was found earlier this month, within 10 days of Virk being summoned to court.
The Nerurkars filed a habeas corpus (produce person in court) petition through their advocates Amit Karkhanis and Ashish Chavan.
The Bombay High Court asked Virk to get personally involved after it was informed that the second DNA test conducted on a baby abandoned on a train in Bandra — suspected to be the Nerurkars’ child — had come out negative.
The DNA of another orphan baby had also not matched the couple’s DNA sample.
The test had to be conducted on two babies because the couple could not recognise whether either of them was their infant.
“Hopes are raised and hopes are quashed (for the couple),” observed the bench when informed of the DNA test results.
“The child was hardly three-days-old old when stolen. Now the child is over nine months,” said Justice Nazki.