Centre's help sought for Telugu couple's release from Norway



Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Thursday, urged the Central government to take necessary steps for the release of Telugu couple sentenced to jail in a child abuse case in Norway.

In separate letters to Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Overseas Indians Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, the Chief Minister said that parents of Vallabhaneni Chandrasekhar and Anupama requested him to seek pardon for them.

"Chandrasekhar has aged parents and two children to take care of. The children are currently in a situation where they are forced to stay back in Andhra Pradesh, away from their parents," the Chief Minister pointed out.

The Government of India should explain to the authorities in Norway the family culture and traditions in India and seek release of the convicted couple, Reddy requested the Union Ministers.

Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni and his wife Anupama from Andhra Pradesh were recently convicted by a court in Norway where they were staying for repeated maltreatment of their children by threats and violence and sentenced to jail terms for 18 months and 15 months respectively.

PTI