Contempt appeal by Indira Gandhi’s ex-husband struck out
The Court of Appeal says Ridzuan's application could not be heard as he had been earlier found guilty of contempt for not abiding the High Court order to return the youngest child to the mother.PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal struck out an appeal by M.Indira Gandhi’s ex-husband, Muhammad Ridzuan Abdullah who was found in contempt of court for his refusal to hand over Prasana Diksa to her mother in a unilateral conversion case.
The case has been embroiled in an interfaith custody battle since 2009.
The decision was unanimously decided by a three-member panel of judges led by Balia Yusof Wahi along with Mah Weng Kwai and Badariah Sahamid.
Balia said Ridzuan could not be heard in this court as he had been earlier found guilty of contempt for not abiding the High Court order to return the youngest child to the mother.
“He openly flouted the law, hence the law is not with him today,” said Balia.
On May 30, High Court judge Lee Swee Seng found Ridzuan guilty of contempt and gave him a week to hand over Prasana to Indira or face imprisonment.
Meanwhile Ipoh Barat MP and lawyer M.Kulasegaran said his client M.Indira Gandhi would drop her mandamus application to cite the IGP for contempt for his refusal to follow a May 30 High Court directive.
“The IGP and his men still have time to locate Prasana and arrest the father (Muhammad Ridzuan Abdullah) and put him in a civil prison,” he told reporters after a proceeding in the Court of Appeal today.