29 January 2018
Federal Court rules unilateral conversion of Indira Gandhi’s 3 children ‘null and void’
THE Federal Court today ruled that the unilateral conversion of M. Indira Gandhi’s three children to Islam is null and void.
The apex court’s five-man bench, comprising Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum, Zainun Ali, Abu Samah Nordin and Ramly Ali, delivered the landmark judgment.
Zainun, who read out a summary of the judgment, said the conversion will also need the consent of both parents.
“Consent of both parents must be sought. The article should not be construed literally… (It) requires the consent of both parents.
“The constitution word ‘parent’ is a case of being lost in translation, both parents have equal rights.” – January 29, 2018.
“The court ruled that the Registrar of Muallafs (Muslim converts) had acted beyond the “limits of power” in registering the children as Muslims when conditions for their conversion were not fully met.” http://m.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/apex-court-annuls-unilateral-conversion-of-indira-gandhis-kids …
Federal Court: Unilateral conversion of Indira Gandhi’s 3 children is null and void (updated)
PUTRAJAYA: In a landmark decision, the Federal Court here granted an appeal by kindergarten teacher M. Indira Gandhi, who challenged the conversion of her three children to Islam by her ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah.
The Apex Court on Monday nullified the conversion of her three children, Tevi Darshiny, 20; Karan Dinesh, 18; and Prasana Diksa, eight.
On Dec 30, 2015, the Court of Appeal reversed the quashing of Indira Gandhi’s children Prasana Diksa and Karan Dinesh’s certificates of conversion, but made no ruling as to Tevi Darshiny, as she was already above 18 years old.
In a 2-1 majority decision then, the panel ruled the children’s conversion was under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court.
On July 25, 2013, the Ipoh High Court quashed the three children’s certificates of conversion, declaring it null and void.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/29/federal-court-unilateral-conversion-of-indira-gandhis-3-children-is-null-and-void/#6b6PpSvVRY0wB33m.99
22 November 2017
Indira Gandhi to sue IGP for ignoring Federal Court order to arrest Muslim ex-husband
PETALING JAYA, Nov 21 — Hindu mother M. Indira Gandhi will be initiating a civil suit against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for failing to comply with a mandamus order issued by the Federal Court to arrest her Muslim convert ex-husband who has refused to hand custody of the couple’s youngest child back to her.
Her lawyer M. Kulasegaran said that he will be filing the suit against the IGP’s office after the Federal Court delivers its judgement on Indira’s application to declare her children’s unilateral conversion to Islam by her ex-husband null and void.
Indira has been waiting for a judgement from the apex court for almost a year now, ever since it concluded hearing of her case in November 2016.
Former IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar previously claimed there were contradicting orders from the Shariah Court and the civil courts as reason for his refusal to carry out the mandamus order to arrest Muhammad Riduan Abdullah issued by the High Court in Ipoh and subsequently upheld by the Federal Court last year.
But Kulasegaran insisted the IGP “lied” about there being two orders.
“There were never two orders. The only contradictions were relating to the custody of the children. The orders to retrieve the youngest child and to arrest the ex-husband were only issued at the civil court. He has lied to the whole nation,” Kulasegaran, who is also Ipoh Barat MP, said.
“The process is ongoing to sue him,” the DAP man added.
29 April 2016
Kula: Indira was harassed by husband on WhatsApp
He says police can easily trace Ridhuan Abdullah using his mobile phone.
PUTRAJAYA: Indira Gandhi, who is involved in a child custody battle, was being harassed by her former husband, K Patmanathan @ Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah.
Her lawyer, M Kulasegaran, said Ridhuan had been accusing her of being a kafir (non-believer).
“He has often been on WhatsApp to Indira using the same phone number for the last seven years, accusing her of being a kafir.”
The Federal Court today issued a warrant of arrest for Ridhuan for contempt of court.
Judge Md Raus Sharif ordered Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to arrest Ridhuan for failing to return his youngest child, Prasana Diksa, 7, to her mother as instructed.
Prasana was only 11 months old when Ridhuan abducted her in March 2009.
Kulasegaran said he was thankful for the court’s verdict.
“I was surprised with the court order as I was expecting the worst. I feel Indira’s prayers have finally been answered.”
He said the IGP will have no problem tracing Ridhuan using his mobile phone.
29 April 2016
IGP cannot refuse to order officers to arrest Ridhuan, rules apex court
The duties of a police officer include the execution of warrants of committal issued against a person, resulting from a contempt proceeding, says the Federal Court.
In ordering inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar to arrest Muslim convert Mohd Ridhuan Abdullah, the Federal Court ruled that Ridhuan must be arrested to face justice.
Court of Appeal President Md Raus Sharif, who led the five-member bench in the unanimous decision, said the general duties of police officers under the command of the IGP are stipulated under Section 20 (3) of the Police Act 1967.
Malay Mail Online
After Federal Court order, IGP says will arrest Indira Gandhi’s ex-spouse
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 ― Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today the police will abide by a Federal Court order to arrest Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, ex-spouse of M.Indira Gandhi, for contempt of court.
“Police will obey the Fed Ct order,” Khalid said in a brief text message to the Malay Mail Online, referring to the Federal Court.
Earlier today, the country’s top court ordered the national police chief to arrest Muhammad Riduan for contempt of court, over his refusal to hand custody of their youngest child ― Prasana Diksa to her in the high-profile child conversion case.
The Federal Court also upheld the initial mandamus order issued by the Ipoh High Court to Khalid, ordering the court to monitor the procedures to track and to arrest Muhammad Riduan following today’s decision.
The court ruled that the committal order against Muhammad Riduan was justified as he has repeatedly failed to produce the couple’s child — Prasana Diksa, now aged eight — in court.