Now,grandparents in legal battle

“I will file 20 criminal cases against them,they called my daughter ‘insane’.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Published: May 28, 2012 12:49:01 am

The fight over the custody of two children,Abhigyan and Aishwarya,has shifted from Norway to Kulti in Burdwan district of West Bengal. Monotosh Chakrabarty,father of Sagarika Bhattacharya,has said that he will file a defamation case against his daughter’s in-laws who allegedly called her ‘insane’ when she came to Kulti on May 24 to meet her children.

Following a settlement at a court in Norway the children returned to India and are staying with their uncle,Arunabhas Bhattacharya,a dental surgeon,who stays with his parents in Kulti. The children’s father,Anuroop,is in Norway.

“I will file 20 criminal cases against them,they called my daughter ‘insane’. They called local goons,and my daughter was insulted and abused. She had gone there to see her children,’’ Monotosh,a resident of Birati,said.

Sagarika stays with her parents,and has claimed the custody of her children.

As her father lodged a complaint with the Kulti police station against her in-laws,the Bhattacharyas did not waste time and filed a counter-complaint. The police have advised both parties to maintain peace.

Monotosh said Sagarika will try to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and seek her intervention to get the custody of her children.

“Norway’s law is not applicable here. We want the children back,” she has reportedly told her in-laws. Monotosh said he would move court to get the custody of his grandchildren.

On May 23,when Monotosh,along with his friends,went to Ajay Bhattacharya’s house,a verbal duel started forcing him to leave.

The next day he came back with Sagarika and this time,the Bhattacharyas allowed them in.

“They came with local CITU leaders and wanted to browbeat us. We told them to see us in court. If Sagarika wants to stay with us,she is welcome. But she will have to give us an undertaking. Today we went to the government’s Child Welfare Committee and apprised them of the situation. We have received assurance from the Child Welfare Agency of Norway that if a custody battle starts here they will give us all help,’’ Arunabhas said.

The police have told them to maintain peace. “We have told the Bhattacharyas to allow Sagarika to visit her children. We have also told both the parties to maintain peace,” said a police official.

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