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New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday brought back a three-year-old girl from Dubai who was taken there by her father in alleged violation of Delhi High Court orders, officials said.
The girl's father, Aman Lohia, had taken Baby Raina to Dubai amid a custody battle with his wife Kiran Kaur Lohia in the high court that had asked him to deposit his passport with authorities to prevent him from leaving the country, they said.
The SC which was apprised of the matter through a petition against a high court order in the case, had directed the CBI to visit Dubai to bring back the girl to India. A team of CBI officials had recently gone to Dubai where it coordinated with local authorities to ensure the safe return of the girl and her father.
The CBI rushed to the apex court and informed it about its compliance action, the officials said. The girl will be produced before the Supreme Court on Friday, they said, adding that the child is at her mother's home under the agency's care.
The dramatic developments of Thursday were a culmination of a six-month long trail of a defiant father who in a desperate move escaped to Dubai with his daughter claiming he was a "victim of gender bias" of courts and that it was the "love for his daughter" which directed his actions. Aman Lohia, son of a noted businessman, was fighting a custody battle for his daughter Raina in the High Court after separating from his wife Kiran Kaur Lohia. The high court had granted Raina's custody to the mother with a parenting plan, according to which, Aman Lohia could meet his daughter for some hours on three days of a week. The court also asked him to deposit his passport, which he did, the officials said.
On August 24 last year, when the girl had come to meet Aman Lohia as per the parenting plan, he took her along with family confidant Pawan Kumar and maid Shiuratia Debi to
Dubai using a circuitous route via Nepal and other gulf countries.