Kalamassery child adoption row: Accused couple moves anticipatory bail plea

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Kochi: The Tripunithura couple who were accused of producing fake birth certificate to adopt a child has filed anticipatory bail plea in the court.

The bail plea was moved by the couple Anoop Kumar and wife Sunitha after the child welfare committee (CWC) found they adopted a newborn child from Kalamassery Medical College forging a birth certificate.

The couple claimed in the bail petition that they decided for adoption as they were childless for the past 20 years. The biological parents do not have the financial ground to look after the baby. The baby's mother was unmarried. Due to these circumstances, we decided to adopt the baby. We forged the documents because we wanted the baby to be ours, the couple noted in the petition.

They added they would cooperate with the investigation. Currently, the baby is in the custody of the child welfare board.

Meanwhile, police have found that a mediator was involved in forging documents and enabling for adoption. The baby was adopted on the sixth day after birth. It was also found that the child's biological parents had a connection with a music troupe in which Anoop is a member. The mediator is also a close acquaintance of Anoop. However, the police are yet to find the biological parents of the baby.

Police have also collected the report compiled by Child Welfare Board and the medical college authorities based on the statement given by Anoop. According to the report, Anoop stated that the child's biological father, who has a family, sought help to avoid being part of the child's life.

Police also found that Medical College Administrative Assistant Anilkumar helped Anoop speed up the adoption procedures. The visuals of Anoop talking with Anilkumar have also come out. Initially, Anilkumar tried to update the original birth certificate. However, when this plan failed to materialise, a fake document was made up to speed adoption process.

Meanwhile, the revenue department has directed the concerned authorities to probe whether Anil Kumar was involved in similar crimes in the past. Police are yet to nab Anil Kumar and the couple.

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