Four days after five-year-old boy Sujal Chhug was reunited with his mother, the Bombay High Court has asked the police to trace the father and produce him in court.
The court has also directed the setting up of a committee in the office of Director General of Police (DGP) S S Virk to monitor the progress in cases of missing children in the state.
The division bench of Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice A R Joshi has asked the police to produce Bunty Chhug (28), who had kidnapped his son last November after falling out with his wife Priti (26).
Sujal, who was present in court on Wednesday, clung to his mother throughout the hearing. Expressing satisfaction over the fact that Sujal was found, Justice Nazki asked, “…..but where is the father? He is the contemnor.”
“When the police try, they get it. But the problem is that they don’t try,” he added.
Additional Public Prosecutor Poornima Kantharia told the court that police were trying to trace Bunty. “Even the parents (of Bunty) had a role to play. We are following the case in the lower court,” said Kantharia.
Bunty’s parents had sought anticipatory bail in the lower court.
Irked over the behaviour of Bunty and his family, the court observed that he would have to face the consequences. “They cannot hold courts and the entire police system to ransom,” said Justice Nazki. “We have issued a warrant against him for contempt. Then why is he not coming?”
Justice Nazki refused Bunty’s lawyer’s request to stay the warrant against him.
The high court has also asked all police officers in the state to keep the DGP informed about progress in cases of missing children. Records submitted by the DGP office state that at least 16,000 people, including minor children, are missing.
After the hearing, Sujal said that he wanted to be a judge. “He has even named his soft toy ‘Legal’,” said Priti.