Monday, August 12, 2013

3 file appeal in conversion case

12 August 2013| last updated at 01:08AM 

3 file appeal in conversion case
By Jaspal Singh |

NOTICE SERVED: Perak govt, 2 others seek to overturn annulment of conversion of 3 kids

IPOH: The Perak Islamic Religious Department, the Registrar of Muslim Converts and the state government filed an appeal last week against a High Court decision which annulled the conversion of three Hindu children to Islam.

The parties are seeking to overturn the July 25 decision which ruled that the conversion of the three children in April, 2009, by their father was null and void.

Notices of appeal by the three respondents have been served on M. Indira Gandhi, the mother of the three children.

M. Kulasegaran, counsel for Indira, said the notice of appeal was served on her on Friday here by the state legal adviser.

The other three respondents in the case are the Education Ministry, the government and Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, who, after his own conversion, had unilaterally converted his three children.

He had converted Tevi Darsiny, 16, Karan Dinish, 15, and Prasana Diksa, 5, and re-named them Umu Salamah, Abu Bakar and Umu Habibah, respectively.

He later took away the youngest child, leaving the older two with their mother.

However, Indira challenged her former husband's move and her application to quash the children's conversion to Islam, which she filed in 2009, was allowed by the High Court here last month.

Asked if the other three respondents had served notice of appeal, Kulasegaran said no notice had been served by them.

On Indira's attempt to file contempt of court proceedings against her former husband to compel him to surrender Prasana Diksa to her, he said the contempt application would likely be filed this week.

Another Ipoh High Court had granted custody of all three children to Indira after she applied for custody in 2009.

The court had also ordered Ridzuan to hand over Prasana Diksa to the mother.
However, he had failed to do so.

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