Seven years old NRI child Aditya, caught in a bitter custody battle, will now have his fate decided in an American court.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the seven-year-old NRI child Aditya to be sent to USA within 15 days and let the American court decide on his custody.
The NRI couple was separated in America and a court there gave joint custody of the child. But the mother took the child to India in 2007 and violated the American court order.
The Supreme Court directed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to find the child after the husband approached the apex court. Two weeks ago CBI found the mother and child at Chennai and produced them in the court. Aditya was studying in a school at Chennai.
The child and mother will have to reach US within the specified time frame and the travel expenses and stay will be borne by the father. The Supreme Court has warned the mother, Vijayshree, that if she does not comply with the ruling, the court will grant Aditya’s custody to his father.
During the last hearing, the apex court had said the welfare of the child was important and wanted parents to come to a solution.
Sobbing outside the Supreme Court, Vijayshree said, “We have tried our best. We will follow the Supreme Court order. But facts from our side didn’t come out.”
Reacting to the court order, Aditya’s father said, “I am happy that the Supreme Court recognised a father’s rights. My son has been tutored by her mother to say things against me in court.”
The apex court also said that all the cases against the mother where warrants have been issued would be withdrawn.