NRI couple's teacher moves SC, questions repatriation of Vijayasree Voora & son Aditya to US
20 January 2010
NEW DELHI: The story of seven-year-old Aditya, already witness to a cross-country flight resulting from estrangement of his parents and subsequent direction by the Supreme Court for his and his mother's repatriation to US for further proceedings over the battle for his custody, is in for a new twist.
His teacher in a Bangalore school has moved the Supreme Court seeking reconsideration of the repatriation order on the ground that the child had never been heard prior to passing of the order asking the mother to produce him before a US family court.
The teacher's counsel Lily Thomas mentioned the application before Justice R M Lodha, who was part of a constitution Bench, and the court agreed to list her petition seeking review of the November 17 order for hearing on January 25.
"I am told that the child tells his mother that they should build a trench under the house and hide there and is losing sleep fearing loss of his mother," Thomas said alleging that the child's father Ravi Chandran was not entitled to remove him from the care and custody of the apex court.
The SC had directed the NRI mother, Vijayshree Voora, to comply with its direction to return to US with her son Aditya to fight out the custody battle with her husband in the Texas courts.
The father, V Ravi Chandran, had accused her of kidnapping the boy to India to subvert a US court verdict granting joint custody of the child to the parents.
The court had asked the father to bear the travel expenses of the mother and the child to US and also their stay there till further orders of the family court there. It had warned that if the mother failed to take the child on her own to US, the custody of the child would be restored to the father along with the minor's passport to be taken to US, where the local courts would initiate further proceedings.