Indira arrives at court for decision on unilateral conversion case

  • Nation
  • Monday, 29 Jan 2018

PUTRAJAYA: Kindergarten teacher M. Indira Gandhi has arrived at the Federal Court here Monday for the decision on her appeal against the case regarding unilateral conversion of her three children to Islam by her former husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah.

She appeared calm as she prepared to hear the verdict from a five-man panel chaired by Court of Appeal president Justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin.

The other judges in the panel are Justices Richard Malanjum, Zainun Ali, Abu Samah Nordin and Ramly Ali.

Riduan was not present at the courthouse.

On Nov 30, 2016, Justice Zulkefli reserved judgement on the application by Indira Gandhi, saying that the court would adjourn to allow them to write the full grounds of judgment, with the verdict to be delivered at a later date.

On Dec 30, 2015, the Court of Appeal reversed the quashing of Indira Gandhi's children Prasana Diksa and Karan Dinesh's conversion certificates, but made no ruling as to Tevi Darshiny who was by then above 18 years old.

The legal saga began in April 2009, when Riduan converted the three children to Islam.

He later took their youngest child, Prasana, then 11 months old, from the family home.

Tevi, then 12, and Karan, then 11 – remained with their mother.

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