There is no personal law for adoption by Muslims.
CARA is a statutory body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions.
Under CARA, adoption can be made by person of any belief.
The court said Section 56 (3) of the JJA stipulates that the provisions of the law shall not apply to adoption of children under HAMA.
The bench said the passport authorities could not have questioned the validity of the registered adoption deed in the application.