He was sold to a childless couple in April last year

A boy sold by his parents for pecuniary consideration to a childless couple in Karnataka’s Kundapur town has been recovered.

A police team led by Town police sub-inspector T.P. Sudha and assistant sub-inspector Vijay Kariappa recovered Nikhil from the house of the couple, Krishna Acharya and Shanta, at Venur Devasthanam in Kundapur on Wednesday night.

The boy was brought here on Thursday and handed over to Madhuri, chairperson of the Childline Welfare Committee here.

He would be shifted to the Childline centre at Pattuvam, near Taliparamba, in Kannur, Ms. Sudha said.

Case against lawyer

The police have registered a case against a Mangalore-based woman lawyer for mediating in the illegal handing over of the boy to the couple in April last year.

The police team found that a document regarding the handing over of the child to the couple was registered with the Registry office, and accordingly traced the child from the residence of Krishna Acharya, a businessman.

Krishna Acharya and Shanta told the police that they had secured Nikhil when he was eight months old after entering into an agreement, the document of which was prepared by the lawyer, with his parents. Nikhil’s parents were arrested earlier this month. Prema and K. Ratheesh, who lived at Tsunami colony here, told the police that they had handed over Nikhil to the couple for Rs.60,000 on April 27 last year when he was eight months old.

The parents, in a bid to meet their expenses, had sold their younger son, six-month-old Babul, to another family in Mangalore last month. They mopped up Rs.1.50 lakh from the sale of the two children.

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