Cops ordered to file affidavit on recovery order involving Indira Gandhi’s missing child


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  • Thursday, 17 Dec 2020

Lawyer Rajesh Nagarajan (second right) showing M. Indira Gandhi some documents after the case management hearing at Ipoh High Court.

IPOH: A High Court here has ordered the police to file an affidavit within three weeks in relation to the 2014 committal and recovery order involving kindergarten teacher M. Indira Gandhi’s missing child.

Judicial Commissioner Bhupindar Singh instructed that the complete and comprehensive affidavit be submitted to the court, as well as a copy forwarded to Indira’s lawyers.

He instructed the Attorney General’s Chamber, which represents the police, to file the affidavit within three weeks from Thursday (Dec 17).

Case management was held Thursday in relation to an order dated May 30,2014. Indira was represented by lawyers Rajesh Nagarajan and Sachpreetraj Singh Sohanpal, while Safiyyah Omar acted as federal counsel.

Rajesh in his submission said on May 30,2014, Justice Lee Swee Seng had ordered the police to provide updates to the court, as well as to Indira’s lawyers.

In the order, it was stated that the police must on the first week of every month file an affidavit on the efforts made by them to capture Indira’s Muslim convert ex-husband, Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, and to locate and recover her youngest daughter Prasana Diksa, abducted by Mohd Riduan 11 years ago.

Rajesh in his submissions said that since May 30,2014, the police have completely failed to file any affidavit to the court, as well as to serve a copy to the lawyers.

“From May 30,2014, until now, the police have failed to file 79 affidavits, and they have ignored the order granted by the court earlier.

“The purpose of the affidavit is to ensure the police are doing their job, and the court can monitor it, ” he added.

Indira and Riduan, whose birth name is K. Patmanathan, were married on April 10,1993. They have three children, P. Tevi Darsiny, now 23, P. Karan Dinish, 22, and Prasana.

On March 11,2009, Riduan converted to Islam and unilaterally converted the children to Islam.

On Sept 29,2009, he obtained a custody order of the children from the Syariah High Court in Perak.

It was reported that Prasana was taken away the same year.

Indira then filed an application in the High Court in Ipoh for custody and this was granted to her on March 11,2010.

The couple divorced in August 2012.

In January 2018, the Federal Court nullified the unilateral conversion of the children. Despite the ruling, the police have yet to recover Prasana and return her to Indira.

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