Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court has asked the Bangalore City police to file an affidavit on the progress of investigation into a case of a runaway woman and her six-year-old child.

Justice N.K. Patil passed the order on a petition by V. Ravichandran of Stinson Road, Allen, Texas, U.S.

In his petition, Dr. Ravichandran said he was a doctor and a renowned pharmaceutical scientist in the United States. He said in 2005 he and his wife, Vijayashree Voora, divorced. The Supreme Court of New York, which had granted the divorce, had asked Ms. Voora not to leave the U.S. However, Ms. Voora came to India along with their six-year-old child, Aditya Chandran.

Dr. Ravichandran said he had filed a case in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the police to trace his wife and child. He said his wife and child were in Bangalore sometime ago but they managed to give the police the slip. He wanted the court to come to his aid and help him trace his wife and child. He alleged that his wife was suffering from mental illness and that she was moving from one place to another to escape being caught. He said she was last seen with his child at a hotel in Rajajinagar.

Justice N.K. Patil directed the Rajajinagar police to file a report and adjourned hearing of the case.

Dismissed

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice V.G. Sabhahit dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by P.R. Ramesh, former Mayor of Bangalore and Congress party activist, challenging the decision of the State Government to hold a mammoth celebration in Bangalore to mark 100 days in office. Mr. Ramesh said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Government in the State had planned a grand celebration and had invited tenders for the construction of a pandal at Basavangudi at a cost of more than Rs. 70 lakh. He said public money was being spent on it. The Bench said courts could not interfere in such matters and dismissed the petition.

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