Investigation into alleged sale of a baby boy by his mother in Odisha’s Jajpur district has revealed curious details — the money was used to buy a mobile phone and a pair of jeans among other things.

“Rakhi Patra of Mundamala village, who sold her 17-month-old son for Rs.5,000, purchased a new mobile phone, a pair of jeans, new T-shirts and memory cards for her mobile with the money,” Jajpur Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar said on Wednesday.

The investigations were conducted when a Division Bench of the Orissa High Court took suo motu cognisance of media reports on the alleged sale and directed the police to recover the baby and hand him over to his mother.

Rejecting the mother’s claim that she sold the child to meet her jailed husband’s legal expenses, Mr. Kumar said her new acquisitions were evidence of the fact that she did not sell her baby due to poverty.

“She has confessed before us that she had purchased all these items with the money received from the sale of her baby,” Mr. Kumar said, adding that the goods were seized from her.

The woman refused to take back her son after the police recovered him from Cuttack on Tuesday.

Rakhi, who is 20-years-old and a daily-wage earner, had in association with a rickshaw puller sold her son to Babula Behera on September 17. — PTI