An NRI father longing for his missing son found hope when the Supreme Court ordered the CBI to trace the child.
The child’s mother, an IT professional, ran away with the child, Aditya, to India flouting US court orders regarding the father’s visitation and joint custody rights.
A bench of Justice Tarun Chatterjee and Justice R.M. Lodha issued the order after the police in Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka failed to trace Aditya, an American national.
The child’s father, V Ravi Chandran — a pharmaceutical scientist in Florida (US) — had filed a petition in September 2007, and asked the court to hand over the minor’s custody and passport to him.
Chandran and Vijayashree Voora got married in 2000 and Aditya was born on July 1, 2002. The couple divorced in 2005 and got joint custody for the child.
Senior counsel Pinky Anand, who represented Chandran, alleged that the child had been unlawfully detained in India.
“I have been longing to see my son for the last 810 days… I am now worried about his health and safety,” Chandran told HT on the phone from Hyderabad.
He has produced a six-part documentary on his son in four languages — English, Hindi, Tamil Telugu and Kannada— and also launched a website www.rescueaditya.org.
“I am also concerned about the mental health of my former wife,” he said.
The court took note of the extraordinary circumstances where the mother, said to be mentally unstable, was fleeing from one state to another with the child.
A family court in New York has also issued child abuse non-bailable warrants against the mother.
The case will be taken up after October 10 or earlier if the minor is traced and produced before the court, the bench said.