HC asks police to respond to plea to produce infant abducted from hospital

 The Delhi High Court Wednesday sought the response of the city police to a plea seeking production of an infant who was stolen by an unknown woman hours after birth in a hospital.

A vacation bench of Justices Tara Vitasta Ganju and Amit Mahajan issued notice on the petition filed by the baby boy’s mother and asked the police to search for the child quickly.

“It is more than what meets the eye,” the bench remarked.

It asked the police to file a status report and listed the matter for further hearing on July 18.

The high court was hearing a petition filed by the mother who stated she gave birth to a boy on December 23, 2022 at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital here from where he was abducted.

The petitioner’s lawyer, citing the hospital staff said a woman claiming to be the maternal grandmother of the child came to the nursery and asked them to hand over the baby.

The lawyer said the hospital staff gave the child to the unknown woman without checking her identity, and she fled with the baby.

The family approached police but no action was taken after which they moved the high court.

During the hearing, the counsel for the city police submitted they are trying to locate the infant and have questioned the hospital staff who handed over the child to the unknown woman.

On being asked by the court whether CCTV footage of the hospital area has been recovered, the counsel replied in the affirmative and said the footage showed the minor being taken away by the woman.

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