IPOH: The public spat between M. Indira Gandhi and former husband Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah continues with the kindergarten teacher saying he no longer has the financial means to take care of their six-year-old daughter, who is in his custody.
“I’ve said from the beginning that he does not have a steady job or a steady income.
“He claimed he has a bakery and a textile shop. What happened?” she asked when contacted over a claim by Mohd Ridzuan that their three children longed to be together.
While the father, who was known as K. Patmanathan before his conversion to Islam, is keeping little Prasana Diksa, the other two children – Tevi Darsiny, 18, and Karan Dinish, 17 – are staying with their mother.
In a July 9 interview with news portal HarakahDaily, Mohd Rizuan was reported to have said that the two elder children were longing to be with him and their sister.
Mohd Ridzuan said he was unemployed and did not have the money to engage a lawyer to fight his case at the Appeals Court.He is appealing for donations to pay for the legal costs.
Indira Gandhi said her ex-husband was only an odd-job worker and never had any business.
“Being unemployed and unable to engage a lawyer to fight his case at the Appeals Court is more reason for him to return Prasana Diksa to me,” she said.
“There has never been any call and he has never made any attempt to see Tevi Darsiny or Karan Dinish.”
In April 2009, Mohd Ridzuan reportedly took Prasana Diksa away and converted all three children to Islam, purportedly without Indira Gandhi’s knowledge.
The Syariah High Court then gave him custody of the children.
However, the civil High Court later granted custody of the children to their mother and, in March 2010, ordered the father to return Prasana Diksa to Indira Gandhi.
On May 30 this year, Justice Lee Swee Seng issued a warrant of arrest against Mohd Ridzuan for contempt of court after he failed to hand over the girl to her mother.