May 18: The high court today rejected the bail plea of Santosh Samanta, one of the doctors allegedly involved in the baby sale racket unearthed last year.
Samanta, who was attached to Sree Krishna Nursing Home on Mahatma Gandhi Road, was arrested in November. Police said he used to earn Rs 1.4-1.7 lakh from each baby sale he was involved in.
The division bench of Justice Ashim Kumar Roy and Justice Amitava Chatterjee declined to grant bail to the doctor after "considering the gravity of the crime in which he was involved".
Earlier, while hearing Samanta's bail petition, the bench had criticised the CID for not rescuing stolen babies even after tracking them down and producing them before the Child Welfare Committee,as mandated by the juvenile justice act.
The division bench in its order today highlighted the lacunae in the CID investigations and directed the state authorities to follow provisions of the law.
The ruling followed an assurance by advocate-general Kishore Dutta that investigators would follow the provisions laid down in the act while handling baby-sale cases in future.