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Indira files writ forcing IGP to act

 | June 30, 2014

The ex-wife of a Muslim convert is seeking judicial remedy to compel the IGP to arrest her ex-husband and return her daughter.

indira_300IPOH: Kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi is seeking a court order to compel the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to execute two High Court orders issued by Judge Lee Swee Seng on May 30.

Indira Gandhi has applied for leave of the High Court to get a judicial remedy to compel IGP Khalid Abu Bakar to execute the warrant of arrest of her ex-husband and to return her daughter.

Lee issued the warrant for the police to arrest Indira Gandhi’s ex-husband, Muslim convert Muhammad Ridzuan Abdullah, previously known as Pathmanathan Krishnan.

He also ordered the police and education department to search and return the divorced couple’s youngest daughter Prasana Diksa to Indra Gandhi.

She filed the application today through her legal counsel, M Kulasegaran, who is also the Ipoh Barat MP and DAP national vice-chairman. She named Khalid as the respondent.

Kulasegaran said Indira Gandhi filed the application after Khalid had made his intentions known to defy the court orders.

In April 2009, Ridzuan took away Prasana, then 11 months old, and converted her and two siblings, Tevi Darsiny, 12, and Karan Dinish, 11, to Islam without Indira Gandhi’s knowledge.

She won custody of her three children by a High Court order in 2010.

On March 11, 2010, the High Court ordered Ridzuan to return Prasana to the mother.

In her application, Indira Gandhi pointed out that initially, Khalid, instead of executing the court orders, had wanted the children involved in the interfaith cases to be placed in welfare homes.

She said the Perak police chief Senior Deputy Commissioner Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani later confirmed that he had been directed to arrest Ridzuan.

She added that both she and Kulasegaran met the Ipoh OCPD on June 25, who revealed that police had been to several locations to look for Ridzuan.

On June 26, Indira Gandhi said Khalid told reporters that he was not arresting Ridzuan but “merely seeing to the safety of the child.”

Kulasegaran said Indira Gandhi was compelled to take this action to prevent lawlessness and for fellow citizens to feel safe.

“I hope the court will give priority to hear this case.

“Law-abiding citizens need protection and the guilty ones must be arrested,” said Kulasegaran in a statement.


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