Mumbai, May 28: In a disturbing turn of events, two individuals sold their baby to a gay man for Rs 4.65 lakh. The case was initially reported by the infant's aunt on Sunday, May 26, at Malvani police station. The police have swiftly responded to the disturbing incident, arresting six individuals, including the infant's own parents. The DN Nagar police have rescued the baby and placed him in safe custody at St Catherine Child Shelter, Andheri. The case is under further investigation.

According to a report by the Indian Express, the matter came to light when Badshah's sister noticed the child's absence and took the parents to the Malvani police station. The parents initially fabricated a story about their 19-month-old child being kidnapped during an ad-film shoot. However, police found inconsistencies in their account. Under sustained interrogation, the parents confessed to selling their child due to financial distress. Mumbai Shocker: Man Attacks Woman With Iron Rod After She Turns Down His Marriage Proposal, Arrested.

As per the report, the case unfolded when  43-year-old Inder Mehrwal, who lives with his 70-year-old mother, desired to adopt a child and communicated this wish to his colleague, Sayeba Ansari, a transgender individual. Mehrwal an event management businessman, wanted to avoid the legal adoption process due to its complexity. Understanding his situation, Sayeba relayed the request to another accused, Rabiya Parveen Ansari, who involved her relative, Sakina Banu Shaikh, who lived near the child's parents and facilitated the deal. Mumbai Shocker: Man Molests Woman Lawyer, Tries to Kill Her Inside Shopping Centre Washroom; Arrested.

After medical tests confirmed the child's health, the parents received part of the payment in cash and the rest online. As per a report by the Free Press Journal, the DN Nagar police arrested all six individuals involved in the case. As per the report, Badshah has previous criminal records, and the other accused, including Mehrwal, have been arrested under sections 370 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 80 and 81 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. They were produced in court on Monday and remanded in police custody until May 30. Further investigations are ongoing to determine if the couple had sold any of their other children in the past.

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