In response to a habeas corpus petition filed by a woman whose one-day-old baby boy went missing from the Wadia Hospital here in 2012, the Bombay High Court transferred the case to Mumbai Crime Branch.
The division bench headed by Justice P V Hardas asked the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) to assign the case to a senior officer of the Crime Branch, unit 4.
The case was earlier being probed by Bhoiwada police.
The child went missing from the hospital on October 25, 2012, from the maternity ward when his mother, Jasmin Devdas Naik, was away.
Eye witnesses said that an unknown woman was seen leaving the ward with the boy in her arms.
As the police failed to trace the child, Naik moved the High Court, seeking probe by a senior officer of the crime branch.
Police told the court that despite best efforts, the child as well as the woman remained untraceable.
The High Court observed that this was a serious matter and local police had enough opportunity to find the child, but they failed, hence the court had no other option but to transfer the case to the Crime Branch.