Adoption agency seeks HC nod to process pending cases


Swati Deshpande, TNN, Sep 21, 2010, 04.25am IST

MUMBAI: The Central Adoption and Resource Agency (CARA), the governing agency that looks into the adoption process in India, filed an application before the Bombay HC on Monday, seeking permission to process the 17 pending cases of inter-country adoption.

These cases have been pending since the Pune-based adoption agency Preet Mandir has had its licence suspended, the agency said. Central government lawyer Vinod Joshi who made the application stated that there are two Criminal Writ Petitions, filed by Sakhee, an NGO, and Advait Foundation pending before the HC in which the court permitted the CBI to carry out further investigations in November 2009.

According to CARA, it had given Preet Mandir recognition between July 2009 to July 2011 and that the agency was permitted to place children in inter-country adoption. It said that since the November order of the HC, CARA decided not to issue NOCs for inter-country adoption cases put up by Preet Mandir. CARA also directed Preet Mandir “not to send any referral to any foreign agency or central authority till it is given a clean chit by the CBI or HC.

But CARA had said that cases which had already received an NOC prior to February 15 would not be affected. CARA’s application said that in May it had revoked its recognition to Preet Mandir to act as an agency for inter country adoptions. But now, CARA informed the court that 17 cases, which it had received from Preet Mandir prior to May, needs to be considered as the children are growing up.

“It is necessary to take appropriate steps in respect of pending files,” said the CARA application presented before a bench of Justices Ajay Khanwilkar and U D Shinde. The bench has said that the Chief Justice should be approached so that the three pending cases be clubbed.

CARA said it wants to get these inter-country adoption cases processed through other agencies to avoid delay. On September 8, the HC had directed CARA to have a “more humane approach” to pending cases in which inter-country adoptions have been stalled for three years because it has not issued NOC.

Read more: Adoption agency seeks HC nod to process pending cases – The Times of India