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Granddad writes to Prez for custody of 1-yr-old

The child was taken away from his parents over claims that they had not been taking proper care of him.

kolkata Updated: Sep 12, 2012 11:56 IST
HT Correspondent

The grandfather of one year-old Indrashis Saha, son of an NRI couple caught in a custody battle in the United States, has written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, requesting urgent steps to get his grandson back from the custody of the New Jersey child protection authorities in the US.

The child was recently taken way from his parents Debashis and Pamela Saha, over claims that they hadn’t been taking proper care of their child. The NRI couple has been based in the Parsippany town of New Jersey since July after Debashis was transferred from Kolkata by the IT firm he is employed in.

In a letter posted to the district magistrate of South Dinajpur, where the Sahas are originally based, Nirmal Chandra Saha, the grandfather of the one-year-old, has claimed that owing to the steep asking price of legal counsels in the United States, his son hasn’t yet been able to hire a lawyer for the ensuing custody battle for the one-year-old. There wasn’t any lawyer to argue for the Sahas during the first day of hearing in court.

The grandfather further said that little Indrashis fell from his 3-feet high bed on August 9 and sustained head injuries.

Taking a serious note of the incident, the child protection authorities accused the child’s parents of neglecting him and even beating him up before moving the matter to a US court.

Taking cognisance of the matter, the court ruled that Indrashis be put in the care of the child protection agency and that his parents would only be able to meet him for a couple of hours every week.

The couple then moved the Indian consulate and sought their intervention in the custody battle.