Jaleel Hassankuty of Kanjirapally, Kottayam, was in for a surprise when he saw a picture of an inmate of the Sai Nikethan, Kochi , in a Malayalam newspaper on November 7 as it resembled his son who went missing 16 years ago.

Though he approached the Sai Nikethan trust authorities and the police to take steps to ascertain the paternity of Vasudev, they did not extend any helping hand. So, he moved the High Court which issued notice to the State Police Chief and Director, Sathya Sai Trust which runs the orphanage.

From courtyard

He pointed out in his petition that Vasudev resembled his eldest son, Tahir, who had been missing from the courtyard of his house on September 20, 1996.

He had lodged a complaint with the Kanjirapally police station.

The police probe did not reach anywhere.

They were unable to trace his missing son.

He also gave a representation to the Chief Minster in1996.

Subsequently, an action council had been formed .

The probe had later been handed over to the Crime Branch.

He happened to read a news story appearing recently in a Malayalam newspaper about Vasudev who is an inmate of the orphanage.

According to the report, the boy was rescued from the hands of a Tamil woman who was arrested in a gold chain snatching case.

When she was produced before the magistrate court, suspicion arose in the mind of the magistrate whether the child was her own.

When questioned, she confessed that the boy was not her son.

So, the magistrate sent them to the Orphanage.

The petitioner said he was sure that the boy was his son.

The authorities expressed their inability to come to his aid to prove that Vasudev was his son.

He said that he had been under tremendous mental trauma since the disappearance of his two-year-old son.

He sought a directive to conduct DNA test to prove the paternity of Vasudev.

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