Probe against Preet Mandir faulty, says CBI

Published by: Noor Khan
Published: Thu, 10 Sep 2009

Two years after giving a clean chit to Preet Mandir, a Pune-based adoption agency which is facing allegations of selling babies in the guise of international adoptions, the CBI today said that the probe against the agency was “faulty”. Additional solicitor general D J Khambata told the Bombay High Court that the report submitted by the CBI investigating officer, R Doodraj, in 2007 appeared to be faulty. Khambata sought permission for further investigation.

Directing the Centre to file an affidavit, division bench of Justices Bilal Nazki and A R Joshi asked Khambata if the any action was proposed against Doodraj. Khambata told the court Doodraj has taken voluntary retirement from the CBI. “Find him then,” Justice Nazki said. Advait Foundation, an NGO working on child rights, had filed a petition in 2006 alleging large scale malpractices by Preet Mandir management while giving children in inter-country adoptions.

It had alleged that the adoption agency demanded donations of USD 6,000 and above from foreign parents willing to adopt a child. CBI in its 2007 report had said that allegations were baseless.