Kolkata, July 12 : CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury today said that law should be allowed to take its own course in the case of alleged child racket by Missionaries of Charity (MoC).
There should not, however, be any harrasment of the nuns or prosecution before the charge is proved, he said.
"Mother Teresa's (Missionaries of Charity) is a renowned and respected organisation. Despite our differences, we have the highest respect for them. It (the charge) is unbelievable. Let the law take its own course," he told a press conference here.
"But there should not be any harrasment of the nuns or prosecution just on the basis of heresay. Let the matter be investigated," Yechury said.
A sister of the religious order and a woman staffer of 'Nirmal Hriday', a shelter home run by it, in Ranchi last week for allegedly selling a child born to a minor inmate to a couple from Uttar Pradesh.
Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta had yesterday said four children were allegedly "sold" by the MoC shelter home 'Nirmal Hriday' in the Jharkhand capital over the last one year and the third child was rescued yesterday from Simdega.
A few persons were detained for questioning in this regard, he had said, adding that the search for the fourth child was on.
The Missionaries of Charity headquarters in Kolkata had issued a statement last week, saying it would take necessary action to find out the truth.
"We are shocked at such news, which totally goes against the value and ethics espoused by the Missionaries of Charity (MoC), the nuns and its founder. The MoC is looking into the allegations against the accused employees in Jharkhand with all seriousness," Sunita Kumar, a spokesperson of the foundation, had said.