Five-year-old Sujal Chhug, who had allegedly been kidnapped by his father, was handed over to his mother, Priti, on Friday.
This was within 10 days of Director General of Police S.S. Virk assuring the Bombay High Court that the police would trace the missing child.
Priti, an Ulhasnagar resident, had filed a habeas corpus (produce the person in court) petition in November 2008 after her estranged husband Bunty (28) took away Sujal on the day he was to hand over the boy’s custody to the mother.
Bunty’s maternal uncle Naresh Punjabi told the high court on Friday that they wanted to return the child as the police was harassing them. However, the division bench of Justice B H Marlapalle and Justice Roshan Dalvi refused to interfere as the matter is pending before another bench.
But the bench asked them to hand over the boy to Priti in the presence of the police, said Priti’s advocate Sonia Miskin. “Around, 4.25 pm, Bunty’s uncle brought Sujal to me. Bunty had left the boy at Churchgate station and fled,” said Priti.
After the police failed to trace the child, the court had asked Virk to personally look into the matter. Virk had formed a special task force to trace the boy. On August 26, Virk told the court that they would get the boy back.