Cops want meeting over Indira Gandhi's family tussle

Cops want meeting over Indira Gandhi's family tussle
M. Indira Gandhi smiling as she walks out of the Ipoh High Court with her mother R. Rengamah, 70, and lawyers after the court handed a landmark decision quashing the certificate of conversion of her three children who had been converted by their father.

IPOH - Police have called up M. Indira Gandhi's lawyers for a meeting on the custody tussle between the kindergarten teacher and her Muslim convert former husband.

Her counsel M. Kula Segaran said he and other lawyers representing Indira Gandhi would meet up with the police next week.

In a separate statement yesterday, Kula Segaran urged the Government to amend the laws on the conversion of children to Islam without the consent of both parents.

"The issue can be resolved if the Government amends the laws as promised. Then, there will be a long-term settlement to the issue."

In Indira Gandhi's case, Kula Sega­ran said her case was filed in 2009.

"The battle started at the Ipoh High Court, went up to the Court of Appeal and finally, the Federal Court.

"The case is back at the High Court on committal as the father refuses to return the child, Prasana Diksa, to the mother.

"Having gotten the committal orders after a lengthy court battle, the police are not assisting to enforce the committal orders to retrieve the child," he said.

In April 2009, Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, formerly known as K. Patmanathan, took away his youngest child Prasana Diksa, then 11 months old, and converted her and her two siblings, Tevi Darsiny, then 12, and Karan Dinish, then 11, to Islam without Indira Gandhi's knowledge.

The High Court later granted Indira Gandhi full custody of all three children. On March 11, 2010, Mohd Ridzuan was ordered to return Prasana Diksa to the mother.

The Syariah High Court, meanwhile, also awarded Mohd Ridzuan custody of all three children.

On May 30, Ipoh High Court judge Lee Swee Seng issued a warrant of arrest against Mohd Ridzuan for contempt after he repeatedly failed to return Prasana Diksa.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was subsequently reported as saying that police would not enforce orders from the Syariah and civil courts as both laws were equal and that it would be unfair to choose one over the other.

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