I can’t get involved in Indira’s custody case any more, says Kulasegaran


GEORGE TOWN: Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran (pic) says he can no longer get involved in M. Indira Gandhi’s custody case, as he is now a Cabinet minister.

“However, I am still trying to do things behind the scenes, although I was advised to stay out of the issue, since I am no longer Indira’s lawyer.

“I could have done much more if I was still in practice, but now I have been told to ‘mind my own business’,” said Kulasegaran to newsmen after opening the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Foundation Regional Forum on Forced Labour 2019 here yesterday (Feb 11).

Kulasegaran said he asked other lawyers to take up the case and help Indira.

“I have fulfilled my public duty, as I took on a case which no one wanted 10 years ago.”

Kulasegaran, who is also Ipoh Barat MP, represented Indira, whose Muslim-convert ex-husband K. Pathmanathan changed his name to Muhammad Riduan Abdullah and took away their youngest daughter, Prasana Diksa, in April 2009, after unilaterally converting their three children without her consent.

Muhammad Riduan converted to Islam on March 11, 2009. He went to the Syariah Court to obtain custody over his children.

The Federal Court, in a landmark decision, set aside the unilateral conversion of the three children to Islam after ruling that any conversion of non-Muslim children must get the consent of both parents.