Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has allowed the interim custody of the Norway NRI children - Abhigyan and Aishwarya - to their mother Sagarika Bhattacharya. Sagarika has got the custody of the children till the final disposal of her petition and till the children's paternal uncle Arunabash Bhattacharya gets the order of the Child Welfare Committee set aside.
The children's uncle will be allowed to meet them once a week, that is on Saturdays for two hours. The Child welfare Committee had ordered for the kids to be reunited with the mother earlier while the Norway court gave the kid's custody to the uncle. The two kids were sent back to India from Norway due to diplomatic pressures.
The children have been caught in a custody battle for over one year which had snowballed into a diplomatic row between India and Norway. The children had been placed under the care of the Norwegian authorities. The child panel, responding to a petition filed by Sagarika, had said that the interests of the children are well preserved with their mother. Sagarika also had to undergo medical tests in Mumbai to prove that she was mentally sound.
However, the children's paternal uncle, Arunabash Bhattacharya, who was given the custody of the children by Norway, had claimed that it was an agreement between the two countries that he should get the custody and that the CWC cannot intervene in what he says is an 'international treaty'.
Earlier, in May 2012, Sagarika claimed that she was beaten by her husband Anurup Bhattacharya, thrown out of their house and tortured in Norway. Sagarika had claimed that she was not allowed to meet the children and was also allegedly threatened by Anurup's family members and local 'goons' when she went to see her children.
Sagarika's family had lodged a complaint at the local police station, to which Anurup's family filed a counter-complaint alleging that she came to kidnap the children. The two children had returned to India in April after the Norway court ruled in favour of their uncle getting their custody after the parents agreed to the arrangement.