Adoption row: CPM action likely against CWC secretary, Anupama's father

Anupama S Chandran
Anupama S Chandran and husband Ajith.

Thiruvananthapuram: Six people, including the parents and sister of Anupama S Chandran, have moved anticipatory bail applications even as the family court at Vanchiyoor would deliver its final judgment on the adoption process of her child. 

Anupama's parents PS Jayachandran and Smitha James along with her sister and brother-in-law have sought bail as the District Court here is set to consider the case on Thursday.

Anupama had initially approached the Peroorkada Police Station, but the police had only registered an FIR after the intervention of the state police chief.

Adoption as per rules: Shiju Khan

Meanwhile, the director of the Woman and Child Welfare department, T V Anupama, summoned Child Welfare Council general secretary JS Shiju Khan and sought his explanation on the issue.

Khan later told media persons that the controversial adoption of Anupama's boy child was done as per rules. He refused to further comment, citing legal issues. 

CPM district unit in a spot

The Thiruvananthapram district unit of the CPM is reportedly perturbed over the unsavoury issue as five of the six accused in the case are members of the party.

Besides, Jayachandran and Smitha, their relative, Anil Kumar is also a member of the Peroorkkada local committee of the CPM.

Anil Kumar is also a former councillor of the Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation.

The CPM is likely to take action against CWC general secretary Shiju Khan and Anupama's father PS Jayachandran. Latest reports say the party might wait a while before invoking disciplinary measures against the latter.

The government would probably oust Khan from the CWC, while the CPM may drop Jayachandran from the Peroorkkada local committee. It is alleged that the CPM has been protecting the duo accused in the adoption row and a face-saving measure is inevitable.

The CPM district leadership has found itself in a tight spot after the State leadership and government publicly announced support to Anupama, a former activist of the party's student wing, SFI.

The CPM state leadership felt its district unit had failed in handling the issue, thereby tarnishing the party's image.  The party has found serious lapses on the part of Khan.

Meanwhile, a section of party activists demanded action against Anupama's mother Smitha James, a member of CPM's A-Branch at Peroorkada. They criticised the delay in the party acting against the accused.

It was also observed that the accusations against the Home department could have been avoided if the district leadership had intervened and acted on time. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is also incharge of the Home portfolio.

Anupama had earlier alleged that the party district secretary, Anavoor Nagappan, had ignored her complaint terming it a domestic issue, and behaved rudely with her.

Child with Andhra couple

Hyderabad: A teacher couple in Andhra Pradesh has adopted Anupama's baby, latest TV reports claim.

Speaking to a television channel, the couple said all legal procedures were completed before adopting the child through the Child Welfare Council. "The baby is safe and happy with us," they said.

The couple also said they came to know about the developments in Kerala over the adoption scandal through media reports.

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