Somangshu Mukherji’s Vile Email & Restraining Order

Stephen Ames Berry

Authored by Somagnshu Mukherji U.Mich Music

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit, Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.–Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Publication of a recent writing by Ann Arbor Professor Somangshu Mukherji of the University of Michigan School of Music.  Shortly after sending that email  to our daughter, Professor Mukherji sued me for defamation through attorney Peter M. Hobaica of Utica New York.  Suit is in demand of $500k.

Somangshu Mukherji’s vile email to his American wife, our daughter Alexandra, heinously celebrates the success of his cruel vendetta to have her stripped of visitation rights with her son, three year-old Avram–rights she had so briefly that she never once used them. Avram’s not Mukherji’s blood relative. Mukherji as of last Spring, was, according his court filings, an Indian national. Our daughter reported to the Herkimer police that Mukherji sends her abusive emails about once every two weeks. 

The custody hearing of Mukherji v. Kaidan-Berry in Ann Arbor Family Court was as obscene as Mukherji’s email: a  sickening spectacle of an unrepresented mentally ill defendant bullied by an attorney before a seemingly soporific judge. Mukherji’s oral testimony with it’s touching avowal of enduring love for his wife, despite her mental illness, was especially nauseating, given his alleged abuse and its probable exacerbation of our daughter’s bipolarism. His true feelings for her and her family are on display in his email to her. 

Here are our daughter’s court filings in that judicial proceeding:

U. Mich's Somangshu Mukherji sneering at his father-in-law
A Trespassing Somangshu Mukherji Sneering At Wife’s “Trailer Trash” Father. Herkimer NY 4/11/19
Avram Mukherji Exploring his first-ever toys
Avram Mukherji Exploring His First-Ever Toys–Trailer Trash Grandparent’s Home, Herkimer 2/19

Fitbit’s James Park, our daughter and Somangshu Mukherji

Mukherji’s attorney intimated in her questioning of Alexandra that a symptom of her “psychosis” was her belief that she had dated James Park, the cofounder of Fitbit. Here’s Alexandra with sister Shelly and James in Myakka State Park in Florida in 2002, when James was post-Harvard, pre-Fitbit. We’d recently moved to Sarasota. (Like James I was also recently post-Harvard.)  These were our family’s blessed days before Alexandra met Somangshu Mukherji. James was also a frequent visitor to our home in Boston’s Charlestown.  We liked James, and to his credit, he plunged right into those alligator-rich waters with our daughters to free their canoe from the mud, even as he lamented his lack of a pistol. Solid husband material, I thought. Alas!

FitBit's James Park in alligator country
James Park, Alexandra and youngest daughter Shelly . Myakka, Florida 2002

“Mukherji alleged … that her false memory of his abuse was another sad symptom of the “psychosis” that made her a danger to her son.”

Immediately after Mukherji won custody of our grandson Avram in Michigan, he had him illegally taken from our home in Herkimer NY, where our daughter had fled with Avram after what she alleged in her court filings were years of abuse and neglect. (Mukherji later alleged Stalinesque-like, that her false memory of his abuse was another sad symptom of the “psychosis” that made her a danger to her son.)  As our daughter alleged in her Michigan court custody proceedings, Mukherji’s exploitation of her mental health issues led to her tragic marriage to him and the issuance of the Green Card he needed for his academic appointment.

Perfidy’s Prize – Somangshu Mukherji’s Green Card

What Sparked Somangshu Mukherji’s Vile Email?

Alexandra received no notice of the hearing that stripped her of visitation rights. (These notices come from Somangshu’s attorney, Honest Deb.) Coincidentally, she was with her mother Linda when the court called for her to appear telephonically.  Alexandra told the judge she’d received no notice and turned the phone over to her mother, who politely told the judge that “many untruths were told” at the custody hearing, and hung up. The reliable Judge Owdziej then again rubber stamped another of Somangshu Mukherji’s grandiose and expensively contrived pleadings, indefinitely ending Avram’s mom’s visitation rights.

“The malignant narcissist undermines families and organizations in which they are involved, and dehumanizes the people with whom they associate.[2]

Was it the unexpected sound of his wife’s voice that triggered Somangshu Mukherji’s rage? Or his alleged lies being denounced as such by Avram’s grandmother? Both? I don’t know. But his love note to his wife soon followed, as did a restraining order (Order of Protection).

Somangshu Mukherji’s Restraining  Order

Avoiding the Black Spot -Paying Spousal Support Is For Other Husbands

Mukherji’s been toadholed in his Ann Arbor condo, avoiding process servers. To date he’s avoided service of the Order of Protection and a Spousal Support Summons.  Service of Process is not the same as the giving of the Black Spot–alternate service is available. He’ll eventually be served. Then he too will have his day in court–a New York court.

mukherji refusal of service

 

 

 

Somangshu Mukherji and Herkimer’s Rogue CPS Workers

Stephen Ames Berry

In March of 2018, in flagrant violation of New York law, two rogue Herkimer CPS workers, Sara Riente and Lisa Bates, abused their positions and took a malicious hand in a child custody court battle in another state. They acted so brazenly, so unprofessionally and so illegally under the color of authority that we think this sort of malfeasance has long been tolerated in Herkimer County.  

“Herkimer! Protect My Precious $on!”

In January of this year, we were subjected to false allegations of child abuse by our son-in-law, Somangshu Mukherji, an Indian national, as he tried to gain sole custody of our two-year-old  grandson Avram, Custody of Avram would preclude his having to pay  child support. 

Our daughter fled to our home with our grandson to escape the alleged abuse and neglect of the two of them by Somangshu, a very glib professor of music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Avram’s not his natural son. According to our daughter’s Ann Arbor MI family court filings, (Case 19-352-DC), in which she alleged spousal abuse and neglect, Somangshu never buying the child clothes or toys, and calling him “the little bastard.”   Our daughter alleges Somangshu disposed of everything we ever sent her and Avram, and held her incommunicado, not permitting her to speak to us. Here’s our grandson Avram in our home last January, with first-ever new clothes and toys:

Somangshu Mukherji son's first toys everHad our grandson remained here with his mother, the good professor might have ended up paying $1,000+ a month in child support until the child was 21. He seems to have done the math, as his feet barely touched the ground on his way to his attorney’s office to file for sole custody. To protect his “son”. 

“Somangshu …reported me to CPS as a pedophile and my wife as dysfunctionally  bipolar…Mukherji’s unrelenting use of the canard “pedophile” makes one wonder about his own childhood.

Our daughter had barely filed her child support payment application before husband Somangshu reported her and us for child neglect and abuse with New York.  Herkimer Child Protection Worker Sara Riente promptly came to our house and advised us that Somangshu had reported me to CPS as a pedophile and my wife as severely bipolar. Mukherji’s frequent use of the canard “pedophile” make one wonder about his own childhood.

CPS worker Riente then spent fifteen minutes investigating our grandson’s safety, offered no criticism and left. She made one even shorter followup visit a month or so later.

In March, we received letters from from New York Child Welfare exonerating us of our son-in-law’s baseless accusations: “Unfounded” was the official finding.  Yet this was not the end of the matter.  Sara Riente and her colleague Lisa Bates then came to son-in-law’s Somangshu’s aid in his Michigan custody case, providing him with a document was as defamatory of our family as it was illegal:

“At this time Avram does not meet the [standards of abuse or neglect]. [However] it does appear that it would be in the child’s best interest to be in the care of the parent who can provide access to regular medical care, a stable and sufficient and living environment and age appropriate supervision and care for a young child. Based on the evidence gathered during this investigation, this Department’s decision would be that [the mother] is not providing the above-mentioned care.”

Herkimer CPS Workers Riente and Bates Go Rogue

Apparently dismayed at finding our grandchild healthy, well-fed, well-clothed and safe with family of whom they seemingly disapproved, Herkimer CPS workers Riente and Bates went rogue, colluding with our son-in-law: at his request, they wrote him an “official”Herkimer County Social Services letter, falsely stating that “it is the opinion of this Department” that our grandchild would be better off with his father. Our daughter only became aware of their poisonous letter when she received a copy of her husband’s public court filing, in which their illegal letter was offered as evidence of our daughter’s unfitness as a mother and of our home as” [not] stable and  [in]sufficient.”

Bogus Herkimer Social Services’ Letter Key Exhibit

In their venomous and illegal letter supporting our daughter’s husband, Herkimer CPS workers Riente and Bates threw aside any pretense of impartiality and professionalism. They miscast their libelous opinions as “the finding of this Department.”

Seemingly not liking the “Unfounded” decision they were required to render under NY law as child protection workers, they magically morphed into Herkimer county workers to express a different “official” finding,  malfeasantly subverting the law they were supposed to uphold.  Our son-in-law’s attorney cited their letter as key evidence that our daughter was an unfit mother and ours “not a loving home, Your Honor.”  Their treachery and  helped abusive and neglectful “dad” Somangshu Mukherji retain custody of “the little bastard.”

Herkimer CPS Workers’ Defamatory Letter In Support Of Plaintiff Somangshu Mukhjeri

Somangshu Mukherji sneering
Somangshu Mukherji Sneering

Here’s Riente and Bates’ letter to my son-in-law, Somangshu Mukherji. I’ve redacted just about all the confidential information they malfeasantly  revealed, except for their conclusion on page 2, in which they dispute the lawful conclusion New York law compelled them to reach. They falsely present their scurrilous opinion as an official finding of Herkimer County Social Services. 

Despite our daughter’s request that the Ann Arbor Family Court disregard the Herkimer CPS’ workers letter as a violation of New York law, the court did not exclude it.

After several court appearances, our daughter lost custody of her son and he was returned to Somangshu Mukherji in Michigan–a process that was yet another instance of Herkimer County employees playing fast and loose with the law.   Mukherji later successfully moved to have the Ann Arbor Family Court strip our daughter of the right it had granted  her to visit her son in Michigan, arguing she was danger to the child. The order, crafted by his attorney and hired social worker and rubber stamped by the court, bristles with an array of absurd preconditions which can only be met in Michigan.

Somagnshu Mukherji’s Craftily-Won Green Card
Mukherji Green Card Cropped

Reporting New York Child Protection Workers’ Malfeasance

New York law enforces the right to confidentiality by those investigated by social services workers. It is one of the strongest in the nation. CPS workers Riente and Bates’ letter is a violation  of confidentiality under 18 NYCRR 432.7 and Social Service Law §§422(4)(A) & 427- a(5)(d)], and the New York’s Child Protective Services Manual. It’s a Class A Misdemeanor. The only information that should have been released to the father was whether his complaint was “indicated” or “unfounded”.  Anything beyond that is a breech of confidentiality under New York law. New York has an excellent and concise guide to the procedure.

Filing Complaints About Herkimer CPS Workers’ Illegalities

If we tolerate outrageous and lawless conduct, it will continue.  Complaints about Herkimer Child Protection Workers’ actions should be sent to:

Sara Simon, Director
Syracuse Regional Office
NYS Office of Children and Family 
The Atrium, 100 S. Salina Street, Suite 350
Syracuse, NY 13202

New York Attorney General,  Bureau of Public Integrity

New York Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad St., 19th Fl., New York,
NY 10004. Telephone: 212-607-3300

Sue Them

You can also sue.  In a case like our daughter’s, where the evidence of malfeasance is low-hanging fruit, an attorney might take the case for damages on a contingency fee basis. Herkimer CPS workers are probably not worth suing. New York State is a sovereign entity and can rarely be sued. But Herkimer County can be sued.

This is New York, not Alabama. We have laws to protect us from illegal actions such as those of Herkimer’s rogue CPS workers. Make the law work for you. 

Child protection workers who engage in lawless vendettas against struggling parents and families simply because they disapprove of them should find another vocation. 

Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid

Stephen Ames Berry

Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid was executed on April 11, 2019. It was cunningly planned and brazenly executed. It could have succeeded but for the grandfather standing in the doorway. And the Herkimer Police.  

Above is my sneering son-in-law, Music Professor Somangshu Mukherji of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, lying  derisively as he tries to make off with our two-year-old grandson under the guise of a court approved visitation. (Video below.) 

Our Grandson’s Not His Blood Relative
At time of his raid, Somangshu Mukherji was a nontenured professor of Music and an Indian national. Our grandson’s not his blood relative.  As our severely bipolar daughter’s Ann Arbor Family court filings make clear, Somanghsu’s Mukherji’s marriage to her enabled him to obtain his Green Card, the gateway to his professorship at a prestigious US  university:

Court Judges Abusive Spouse Better Parent Than Loving Mom
In January, after years what our daughter in her court filings alleged were years of forced isolation, neglect and abuse by Somangshu Mukherji,  she fled with our grandson Avram, escaping by subterfuge to our home in Herkimer New York. Mukherji was soon in pursuit, alleging in his later custody filing that she had “absconded” with her son. He and our daughter had joint physical custody of the child at the time of his visit.  Over our daughter’s strenuous objections, the Ann Arbor MI Family Court (Case 19-352-DC), granted Somangshu an unsupervised visit here in New York.

Prior to his visitation, written request to he and his attorney for a firm visitation schedule and Mukherji’s  new address in Ann Arbor were rebuffed. We made clear that without that information, the child would not be released for a visit.  The Ann Arbor Family court  had removed all safeguards to Somangshu Mukherji’s heading right back to Ann Arbor with little Avram, address unknown.

Ann Arbor Michigan’s a university town. Many residents are dependent on the University of Michigan for their income. Its family court judges are elected officials and appear to accord any U.Mich professor entering an appearance the status of divine right. Ann Arbor’s family court opened the way for Somangshu Mukherji to try to snatch our grandson Avram and take him back to Michigan with no legal consequences and no additional legal fees. Most importantly, he’d avoid paying child support of at least $1,000 a month for Avram. Getting the kid into that waiting taxi and heading back for the airport would be Somangshu’s Mission Accomplished.  

Rude and Demanding and At Our Door – Video

Somangshu Mukherji's Raid

Somangshu Mukherji's Raid

Timeline of Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid
 0:01 – 0:30 Green Card Dad Somangshu Mukherji [SM] arrives via cab at our home from the airport. Storms the house. I open the door.
0:31 – 0:55 SM “Give me my son.” Avram’s his son on paper only, a Green Card son. His wife believes he signed the birth certificate to enhance his immigration status.
0:56 SM “I’m calling the police.” I remind him that he doesn’t have a lawful NY visitation order.
1:03 – 1:22 I advise SM that he is trespassing.
1:22 – 1:56 SM Refuses to let me step out onto my porch. I do anyway. SM again demands “my son.” I order him from our property. He refuses to leave. Happily, he’d rather be outed lying on camera than do anything I ask.

Somangshu Mukherji’s Litany of Lies Begins
2:06 – 2:20 SM, still refusing to leave, calls Herkimer Police: “This is about a custody order I’m here to fulfill.” He has a Michigan court visitation order. Had he a custody order, he would have no authority to fulfill it: Somangshu Mukherji is a Michigan resident and per his custody court filings, an Indian national.
2:22- 2:58 SM complains to Herkimer Police that I am threatening him, and violating his locally-unenforceable Michigan court order, which he now says is a visitation order.
2:59 SM complains to police that I am “harassing [him] openly.”
3:04  SM tells Herkimer police that I am “violating a standing custody order.” (He does not have a custody order from anywhere). Miscellaneous verbal abuse from SM.
3:55 – 4:21 BRIEF MOMENT OF TRUTH: SM gives police his name and cellphone number (908-705-5616).
4:24 SM falsely states that his taxi driver is a witness to my “harassing” him. The taxi is out of sight around the corner, the driver in the cab, as my videos attests.
4:30 SM tells Herkimer Police that he’s spoken with Herkimer County Undersheriff Scott Scherer. 
05:01 SM at last leaves our property to await the police. (Note: no taxi in sight.)

“…his Michigan court order is a visitation order, not a custody order, and not lawful in New York unless registered with a New York court”

Herkimer Police Arrive
5:04 – 5:44 Herkimer Police arrive. (Officers Carbone and Holt.) SM meets them. I follow and point out that his Michigan court order is a visitation order, not a custody order, and not lawful in New York unless registered with a New York court, which expense SM has avoided.
06:00 – 06:25 I repeat same to Herkimer officers when they interview me. I note that SM was trespassing and harassing me and refused to leave when ordered. They send him on his way, directing him  to not return.

Somangshu Mukherji’s Retreat

06:27 – 06:57 SM leaves the area afoot. (Later spotted around the corner, presumably awaiting a cab to airport.)
06:58 – 08:27 SM complained to responding officers police that he fears his “son” is being abused by his pedophile grandfather, crazy grandmother and neglected by his psychotic mother. (It’s in their report.) They’re obligated to follow up. Which they do and leave. It’s the same toxic twaddle Somangshu Mukherji  previously filed with New York Child Protection Services. They closed the matter as “unfounded”.
08:28 – End  Before leaving the area, SM has friendly chat with the Barton Gang’s Joyce Barton, who delightedly spreads tales of our troubles to the neighbors. SM in his custody filings has already cited the Bartons’ criminal activities captured on our videos as evidence that ours is too dangerous a neighborhood for our grandchild.

Somangshu Mukherji – a Scourge of God
I’ve known Somangshu Mukherji for 16 years. He’s gone from the seemingly  nice kid we saved from deportation when he was at Harvard (allegedly “academic dishonesty”) to a scourge of God on our family.  Our daughter, his wife, is terrified of him. Obviously he lies a lot. He may even believe what he’s saying because he’s saying it, classic behavior of a malignant narcissist.

Somangshu’s already established a working relationship with the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department, which later aided him in the illegal taking of our grandchild. On this day Herkimer Police sent him packing. Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid is an chilling example of how easily a biased judge can empower a malevolent personality to ruin a child’s life.

Here’s Avram with his first-ever toys. He was almost three then. We bought them for him when he arrived in Herkimer. Somangshu, our daughter attested in her court filings, never once bought his beloved “son” clothes, shoes or toys. “Never a dime,” she said. Smartphones, clothes, toys, shoes sent our grandchild and our daughter he allegedly sold on eBay, pocketing the proceeds. His wife and son he dressed in castoff clothing, except for the nice winter coat her bought our daughter, so she could food shop for him, on foot. (She was required to wear shoes that were too large, she reported, hobbling her.) 

Somangshu Mukherji's Green Card son
2,1,19 Our grandson Avram at our home in Herkimer, NY, with his first toys ever. This is shortly after he and his mother’s at last escaped Avram’s allegedly abusive and neglectful Green Card dad.