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Children for orphanages: CBI says probe needed

Children for orphanages: CBI says probe needed

Kochi: The CBI Tuesday told the High Court that the matter of bringing about 500 children to Kerala from other states last year is a matter to be investigated.

The submissions were made before the bench, comprising Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice A M Shaffique, when it was considering public interest petitions on matters related to child trafficking to Kerala from other states.

The bench heard the case of a religious organisation bringing 29 children, allegedly without valid documents, recently to Kochi.

According to the state government, children were brought here for providing them better education.

However, one of the petitioners 'Thampu', an NGO, pointed out the case of 16 children brought from Arunachal Pradesh recently.

They said that the children from the northeastern state wanted to go back.

The bench directed the District Child Welfare Committee to ascertain the wish of the children and inform the court by day after tomorrow.

The bench will hear all related matters on Thursday.

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