Stavanger (Norway), Apr 19 (): The year-long battle over the custody of the Norway-based NRI children appears to come to a close finally, putting an end to a family drama. Arunabhas Bhattacharya, the paternal uncle of the children is likely to bring them back to India.
Stavanger Municipality issued a statement on Wednesday stating that an in-camera hearing of the case was conducted at Stavanger District Court and the final judgement is expected on April 23.
India’s Ambassador to Norway, R.K. Tyagi and two special emissaries of the Indian government were present in the hearing.
During the hearing, the Child Welfare Services (CWS) and the children’s parents filed a joint claim to the court stating that ‘there is an agreement that the conditions for the children being taken into care have been met.’
’It also said “there is no need to uphold the care order as the measures taken are considered to be sufficient in that the uncle is to take over the care of the children.”
“The Child Welfare Service has on the basis of an expert assessment, concluded that it is in the children’s best interests that they return home to India with their uncle,” a statement by the Service said.
To find an amicable solution, Indian government had intervened earlier by flying a special emissary to hold discussions with the Norwegian foreign minister.
Indian foreign minister S M Krishna had also earlier intervened to bring the children back to India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also discussed the case with the Norwegian Prime Minister at the Nuclear Security Summit held in Seoul last month and had stressed for a good solution to the custody of the two young Indian children within the realm of the law.
It may be recalled that the NRI kids, three -year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya were taken away from their parents –Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya and placed under foster care by CWS in May 2011 citing reasons like negligence and ‘inappropriate care ‘ by parents.