IPOH - Police are tracking down a father implicated in a custody battle with his former wife over a daughter he converted to Islam five years ago.
Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, who has allegedly failed to heed a High Court order to hand over the girl to former wife M. Indira Gandhi, is believed to have left Perak.
"We have information that the man is in Kelantan and we are looking for him," said Perak police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
He said the order to track down Mohd Ridzuan, formerly known as K. Patmanathan, came from Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
On May 30, Ipoh High Court judge Lee Swee Seng issued a warrant of arrest against Mohd Ridzuan for alleged contempt after he repeatedly failed to return little Prasana Diksa to Indira Gandhi.
In April 2009, Mohd Ridzuan had reportedly taken away Prasana Diksa and converted the child and siblings Tevi Darsiny, then 12, and Karan Dinish, then 11, to Islam purportedly without Indira Gandhi's knowledge.
The Syariah High Court awarded Mohd Ridzuan custody of all three children.
The High Court later granted Indira Gandhi custody of the children and, in March 2010, Mohd Ridzuan was ordered to return Prasana Diksa to the mother.