Doctor booked for selling baby denied anticipatory bail

A city-based gynaecologist accused of selling off a baby boy on the pretext of surrogacy was denied anticipatory bail by a sessions court on Wednesday. According to police, the doctor is still at large.

Taking a strong view of the case, the court said if accused were granted bail in such cases, people's faith in the judiciary would be lost.

"The court said the investigation in the case is at a crucial juncture and therefore the question of granting anticipatory bail doesn't arise at this stage. The court also said if bails are granted in such cases, the faith in judiciary will be lost," said Sudhir Brahmbhatt chief public prosecutor of Ahmedabad City Civil and Sessions Court.

With the court's order Dr Bharat Atit, who is on the run since the case was lodged against him, can be arrested. Dr Atit, husband of former Ahmedabad mayor Malini Atit, had been evading police and filed the bail application in wake of the FIR lodged against him.

An FIR was lodged against him last week at woman police station, in Karanj. Atit has been booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code including 372 (for selling minors for any unlawful purpose). He had objected against the IPC section invoked against him while claiming that they sections are not applicable in the case.

The incident was reported following the mother of the child lodged a rape case against Rajkumar Yadav, said to be her boyfriend. The woman had broken up with her Rajasthan-based husband and was living in Ahmedabad where she met Yadav and got pregnant. She wanted to abort the child when she reached Dr Atit's clinic. Police claim Atit convinced her to keep the baby which was later allegedly sold off for Rs 2 lakh to a Mumbai-based couple.

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