Adoption racket: Delhi court orders framing of charges against four

A court here has ordered framing of charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery against a Delhi-based doctor and three co-accused, arrested for allegedly running an adoption racket.

New Delhi: A court here has ordered framing of charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery against a Delhi-based doctor and three co-accused, arrested for allegedly running an adoption racket.

Additional Sessions Judge Hemani Malhotra said there was sufficient material and documents on record that accused Dr Atul Thapar had forged birth records of a girl child to show that she was born to a woman while the truth was that the baby was sold to her.

"As per the allegations, he (Thapar) also gave wrong information to MCD online to procure false birth certificate of the baby girl alleged to have been born at his hospital Kamlesh Medical Centre which was under his administration.

"Hence, I am of the opinion that charges under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property)/ 465 (forgery)/ 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating)/ 471 (using forged document as genuine)/ 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC are required to be framed against him," the court said.

The order came against Pawan Kumar, Ranjeeta Bhasin, Shobha Gupta and Dr Thapar, who were arrested in December 2010 here for allegedly indulging in kidnapping of children.

The court passed the order while allowing the revision petition of the state challenging the magisterial court order on framing of charges against the accused.

The state had alleged that the magisterial court's order suffered infirmity and illegality and had ignored material facts and documents relating to the case.

The prosecution had said that on a secret information in the first week of December 2010, Pawan Kumar and Ranjeeta were arrested from Shivaji Vihar here with a child in their lap on December 19, 2010.

The duo disclosed about purchase and sale of some other children as well and during the course of investigation, three more children were recovered at their instance.

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