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IGP Khalid’s ‘yo-yo’ behaviour

 | June 26, 2014

First, IGP Khalid Abu Bakar ordered the arrest of Ridzuan Abdullah but now he says that police will not arrest him, only monitor him.

riduan_khalid1_300GEORGE TOWN: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar’s  strange behaviour is keeping everyone guessing. First, he ordered the arrest of Muslim convert Ridzuan Abdullah for defying a court order to hand over custody of his youngest daughter to his former wife M Indira Gandhi.

But, yesterday Khalid said that the police would not arrest Ridzuan, but only monitor him.

Indira Gandhi’s lawyer M Kulasegaran is all riled up with Khalid’s “yo-yo” behaviour.

Kulasegaran reminded Khalid that there was a court order addressed to the police to arrest Ridzuan, who was previously known as Patmanathan.

Kulasegaran said Khalid’s conduct was against the court order, which would erode public confidence.

He said Khalid’s statement was confusing and blatantly against the law.

He questioned whether the IGP issued the statement with the consent and knowledge of the Home Minister.

“Can the IGP explain other than the civil court, has any other court given an arrest warrant order? Can the IGP ignore this order”?

“When a court grants an order, the policeman must carry it out without questioning even if it goes against his wishes.”

“There is uneasiness everywhere when the nation’s highest-ranked policeman is seen as not respecting clear, unequivocal and unambiguous court orders.”

“If the IGP’s conscience is disturbing him, it is best he resigns or relinquishes his position before there is lawlessness and total loss of public confidence in the police,” Kulasegaran said in a statement posted in his blog.

Indira Gandhi’s trauma started in 2009 when the then Patmanathan had converted to Islam and also unilaterally converted his three children, who were then minors – Tevi Darsiny, 12, Karan Dinish, 11, and Prasana Diksa, 11 months.

Ridzuan got a custody order from the Syariah court without the children and his wife’s knowledge.

Indira Gandhi mounted a custody battle with Patmanathan and successfully got a custody order after a full hearing in the civil court where not only Patmanathan was present, so were his lawyers.

Ridzuan’s subsequent appeal to the highest court was dismissed.

On May 30 2014, Ipoh High Court judge Justice Lee Siew Seng had in a 136-page decision granted an order to arrest Ridzuan.

Kulasegaran, who is also the Ipoh Barat MP, also rapped Khalid for confusing the  public by claiming that Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution presented two separate court systems.

He pointed out various court decisions, the latest being on May 30 and had insisted that the Syariah court was only for Muslims and inferior in status to the civil court.

Moreover, he said the Ipoh High Court judge had decided that the Syariah court decision was null and void.

“Since when has the IGP has taken over the duties of the Attorney-General?” asked Kulasegaran.”

“Has the IGP or his advisers read the 136-page judgment.”

“Or is what is pronounced in the judgment irrelevant?” asked Kulasegaran, adding that Khalid should act on the Attorney-General’s advice, not on his own whims.”

“Is the IGP above the law?”

“The Home Minister and the Prime Minister seem to be afraid to ask the IGP to carry out court orders. Why is this so?” asked Kulasegaran,who is also  the DAP national vice-chairman.


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