IPOH: The lawyer in the Ipoh custody case involving a Muslim convert has welcomed the move by the Attorney-General’s Chambers to intervene in the matter.
Lawyer M. Kulasegaran, who is also Ipoh Barat MP, said Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail must deal with the situation of the police failing to discharge their duties in both the custody cases in Ipoh and Seremban.
Kulasegaran, however, said the question of whether the A-G had any locus standi would only be known in the coming days when court papers were served on the parties.
Kulasegaran is the lawyer of M. Indira Gandhi who is involved in a legal battle in Ipoh with her former husband Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah over the custody of their six-year-old daughter Prasana Diksa.
On Thursday, Abdul Gani had issued a statement saying that his office would be applying to intervene in the two interfaith child custody cases and to stay both civil and Syariah High Court orders issued to police to locate the children involved in the cases.
In seeking to intervene, Abdul Gani had also said that his chambers might refer the cases to the Federal Court for a final decision on the controversial issue.
Kulasegaran, who is also DAP vice-chairman, said the A-G must help heal the anger and distress caused by the failure in the matter, especially by the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said the IGP instead of arresting convert Mohd Ridzuan in the Ipoh custody case, had made irrational remarks, including sticking to his decision to take the middle path in cases where the disputing parties had obtained separate orders from the civil and Syariah courts.
The Government must look at the issue from a human angle, and be fair to the mother who was still breast-feeding Prasana Diksa when she was taken away in 2009, he added.