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CBI plea on Kerala kids’ case

Thiruvananthapuram, June 19: Kerala High Court today sought the CBI’s views on a plea for a probe into the alleged trafficking of children from Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar into the southern state.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula B. Chellur took serious note of two incidents last month in which rail police intercepted 589 kids brought illegally to be admitted to orphanages in Kerala. The petition has been filed by a Kochi NGO.

The bench said the trafficking of even a single child could not be wished away and wondered how baby girls below five were ferried to Kerala to be admitted to the orphanages.

Since the matter involved probes in different states, it would be better if a central agency like the CBI looked into it, the court observed.

The bench expressed displeasure over the Kerala government’s probe. No official has been arrested yet from one of the orphanages — to which the largest batch of the kids was headed — with links to the Indian Union Muslim League, an ally of the ruling Congress.