The 17-month-old baby boy, who was sold off by his mother for ` 5,000 two weeks back, was rescued by Jajpur Police on Tuesday following a High Court directive.
A police team from Jajpur Road rescued the baby from Nuapatana village under Choudwar police limits in Cuttack.
The baby was handed over to Child Welfare Committee at Jajpur town after his mother refused to take his custody.
Jajpur Road police station IIC Aswini Kumar Sahu said the baby was rescued from one Babula Behera’s house in Nuapatana village.
A division bench of the Orissa High Court took suo moto cognizance of the media reports on Friday on sale of the baby by his mother in a desperate bid to arrange money to get her husband released from jail.
Rakhi Patra (20) of Mundamal village went to Cuttack on September 13 and handed the boy over to a person belonging to Jagatsinghpur.
After getting information about the incident, her mother-in-law Kanakalata Patra filed an FIR on September 21 alleging that Rakhi had sold off the child to an unknown person.
Rakhi’s husband Manoj Patra was arrested in a theft case and is an under trial prisoner (UTP) in the jail at Bagadi in Jajpur district since July 2. The couple are daily wagers.
The woman has been sent to a short-stay home for women at Jajpur as her in-laws did not allow her to stay in their home.