Supreme Court comes to aid of German 'adopted' man tracing his roots in India
Aug 17, 2010
MUMBAI: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Arun Dohle, a 37-year-old adopted `child,' to inspect the original records and files of his adoption that were maintained by the agency, which gave him away to a German couple in 1973. Dohle, who was adopted as a month-old baby from Kusumbai Motichand Mahila Seva Gram (KMMSG) in Pune after his mother reportedly abandoned him, was searching for his mother's identity. He had taken his battle to the apex court after his efforts were stonewalled all along.
The SC order, granting him access in open court to study the original file, translates into good news for all adopted children who want to access information on their origins, said his lawyers. Dohle's case is particularly controversial as he claims to be the biological son of the elder brother of union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, Appasaheb. He had produced a DNA report of a German agency, with a sample of hair along with the root from Pawar's nephew, to indicate that there was 96% likelihood of them "being related.''
Dohle-a slim, bespectacled and soft-spoken man who lives and works in Germany- said he wanted to know if his biological mother was well taken care of and he planned to help her if she was not.
In court, on Monday, when Dohle's case came up for hearing again with senior counsel Shekhar Naphade arguing that the German couple was helped and "recommended by Pawar's brother for the adoption,'' the bench headed by Justice Markandeya Katju asked the agency why it was unwilling to show the files to Dohle. The judge asked for the files and then handed them to Dohle's lawyers.
Activist Anjali Kate, who was helping Dohle in the matter along with Mumbai-based lawyer Pradeep Havnur, said the file contained details of the mother, which would now have to be verified.
A report submitted earlier by the state DGP had denied that the Pawars were connected in anyway with the adoption. The state, last week, told the SC that there was no truth in Dohle's claim and the report said there is no evidence to show that the petitioner is related to Pratap Pawar, Sharad Pawar or their family. The SC disposed of Dohle's habeas corpus petition on Monday.