New Delhi: India is "closely monitoring" the
progress in the NRI children custody row, External Affairs
Minister SM Krishna said here on Thursday.
Krishna, who received a report from Madhusudan Ganapathi,
Secretary (West) in the Ministry, said it was government`s
earnest endeavour to get the children back but as a judicial
proceeding in the case was on, any effort could be made only
after March 23, the date of the hearing.
He said the Secretary told him that he could meet several
senior ministers concerned including the Norwegian Foreign
Minister but since the matter was in court, the executive
cannot do much in the case.
However, he said, the Ministry is closely monitoring the
case and if necessary, he will again send high-level
Abhigyan (1) and Aishwarya (3), children of Anurup and
Sagarika Bhattacharya, an NRI couple living in Norway, were
taken away by Barnevarne Norwegian CWS last May on the ground
of "emotional disconnect" and put in a foster home.
Following intense diplomatic pressure from New Delhi, the
Norwegian Child Welfare Service has already decided to award
the custody of two children to the brother of their father
enabling him to bring them back to India. They will make the
submission in the court now.