There is hope yet for kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi, who had her youngest daughter taken away from her by ex-husband, Muhammad Riduan Abdullah.

This after the Ipoh High Court today ordered the police to file an affidavit in three weeks, detailing their efforts since 2014 to arrest Riduan, whose name prior to conversion to Islam was K Padmanathan, and recover Indira's youngest daughter Prasana Diksa.

In his submission on behalf of Indira, lawyer Rajesh Nagarajan said that the police have ignored an earlier High Court order to submit regular updates (on the first week of every month) of their efforts to capture Riduan and recover Prasana - amounting to a total of 79 times since the order was issued on May 30, 2014.

The updates were not given to the court, nor to Indira's legal team.

Following the submission, Judicial Commissioner Bhupindar Singh gave the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), which represented the police, three weeks to file the affidavit, which would detail all the police's efforts to arrest Riduan and recover Prasana, from 2014 until today.

"The purpose is to ensure the police are doing the job and the court can monitor the order," Malay Mail quoted Rajesh saying.

Riduan unilaterally converted his three children with Indira to Islam, in 2009. He took Prasana, who was just 11-months-old then, while the elder children, Tevi Darshiny, and Karan Dinesh, who were then 13 and 12, respectively, were left with their mother.

Following a lengthy legal battle at both the civil and syariah courts, the Federal Court in 2016 unanimously declared the conversions null and void.

The police said they have made various efforts to trace Riduan's whereabouts, including appealing for information from the public, but to no avail.

Source: Malay Mail
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