Film producer Mushtaq Nadiadwala claims wife has illegally kept kids in Pakistan; HC seeks Centre's response

A division bench headed by Justice Nitin Jamdar issued a notice to the Union Ministry of External Affairs and posted the matter for further hearing on August 29.

Staff ReporterUpdated: Thursday, August 18, 2022, 11:37 PM IST
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The Bombay High Court has sought the centre’s response on a petition filed by film producer Mushtaq Nadiadwala in which he has claimed that his wife has illegally detained his two minor children aged 9 and 6 in Pakistan since she left with them in Nov 2020.

The HC bench headed by Justice Nitin Jamdar issued a notice to the Union Ministry of External Affairs. The matter is posted for hearing on August 29.

The 49-year-old has sought a direction to the Indian government to facilitate a safe return of his children from Pakistan. He said his wife too is being detained by her influential family in Pakistan and that the government should ensure her return too. The producer claimed he had approached senior authorities over the issue but had not received any response. He alleged the government had failed to bring back his children who are citizens of the country. He said further that the visiting visa of his children had expired in Oct 2021 and that they are being detained in the country by his wife. The petition further claimed that without giving any plausible reason, his wife had refused to return to him.

As per the petition, he married Maryam Chaudhary in April 2012 in Pakistan. She then moved to India and applied for Indian citizenship. Chaudhary went to Pakistan along with the children in Nov 2020. The petition said she filed a plea in a Lahore court seeking to be appointed the lawful guardian of the children. The court granted her plea. The producer claimed that she might have been brainwashed into extending her stay in Pakistan. He stated in the petition that the illegal detention is not only in gross violation of immigration laws, but also contrary to the general well being of the children.

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