Anima Indwar, an employee of Nirmal Hriday, was arrested based on a complaint filed by Rupa Verma, the chairperson of Child Welfare Committee's Ranchi unit, Kotwali police station officer in-charge Shyamanand Mandal said. There are about 3,000 Missionaries of Charity sisters worldwide.
Meanwhile, the Missionaries of Charity headquarters in Kolkata today issued a statement, saying it would take necessary action to find out the truth.
She said they also wrote to the sub-divisional officer (SDO) for shifting 70 mentally and physically challenged inmates from Nirmal Hriday.
"We are investigating to see how the operation was run and how many more children have been given away in the last few years". On July 1, Indwar reportedly asked the couple to return to the shelter with the baby for some "formalities".
The Ranchi child welfare committee, whose FIR on Wednesday had unearthed the racket at Nirmal Hriday, on Friday also took 22 children, all aged below five and mostly girls, into its custody from Shishu Bhavan, another Missionaries of Charity-run shelter in Hinoo.
"Missionaries of Charity's Jail Road chapter gives shelter to women who have no place to give birth", Tiwari said.
Police stand outside a home which provides shelter for pregnant unmarried women run by the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa, in Ranchi, India, July 4, 2018.
This isn't the first time that the Ranchi branch of Missionaries of Charity has faced such an allegation, Dr OP Singh, who took over as the head of the child welfare committee in 2013. She explained that the sisters did not accept money for adoptions when they previously administered them. She indicated that Mission of Charities stopped organizing adoptions three years ago, in 2015.
Earlier this week, child welfare authorities informed police about a newborn missing from the home.
The baby, a boy, was born to a young woman who arrived at the charity on 19 March, and was sold to the couple on 14 May, Ms Kumari said.
"We hear that babies are being sold in other homes as well and are determined to put a stop to it", he said. It is against our moral convictions. We followed this up with institution again.
A spokesperson for Missionaries of Charity Sunita Kumar said their superior-general, Sister Prema, was away from the country and was expected back later this month.