NRI child of estranged couple creates flutter on SC premises

NRI child of estranged couple creates flutter on SC premises

“I want to stay with my mother only,” the boy repeatedly muttered before newspersons after the apex court adjourned the case till Tuesday next to enable the mother Vijayasree Voora, to file her reply.

The boy was later whisked away by CBI officials to a guest house where he is under the agency’s protective custody.

The court, during the brief hearing, orally permitted the father Ravichandran to talk to his son briefly but said the boy would continue to be in CBI’s protective custody at the CPWD guest house here until the issue was resolved. However, when the father attempted to speak to his son outside the court, the boy avoided him and instead kept insisting that he wants to be only with his mother.
On October 27, CBI had produced Vijayasree Voora, who along with her son Aditya Chandra, had fled the US after a divorce dispute with Ravichandran. A Bench of Justices Tarun Chatterji and G S Singhvi while declining immediate custody of the child to either of the couple, directed CBI to supervise the custody of the child.
The apex court, at the last hearing minced no words in expressing displeasure at the failure of the police machinery of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in tracking down the mother and her son.

The Bench regretted though it had passed a direction in 2007 for tracking down the mother and son, the police machinery of the three states failed to nab the woman who was frequently changing her residence.
It was only after August 29 when CBI took up the investigations that the mother and child were traced on October 25.

Though a US court had in 2007 directed full custodial rights to Ravichandran in the divorce dispute, Vijayasree fled the US to India and kept dodging the police of the three states.