The Federal Court has allowed K Pathmanathan @ Mohd Ridhuan Abdullah until tomorrow to come to the highest court in the country to purge his contempt and bring the youngest daughter Prasana Diksa (Ummu Habiba), as ordered to in the appeal by his former wife M Indira Gandhi.
On April 29 this year, the Federal Court had instructed the inspector-general of police (Khalid Abu Bakar) to arrest Ridhuan over the highly-watched interfaith custody case for not producing Prasana in court, as ordered.
In today’s hearing, Chief Judge of Malaya Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin said the five-member bench will decide tomorrow whether Ridhuan’s lawyer Hatem Musa would be allowed to address the court in the case or otherwise.
Justice Zulkefli said this after Indira Gandhi's lawyer M Kulasegaran made a preliminary objection over Hatem's presence in court as Ridhuan has yet to purge his contempt following the Federal Court's order on April 29.
In this ruling, a five-man bench chaired by Court of Appeal president Md Raus Sharif allowed Indira Gandhi's appeal to reinstate the mandamus order issued by the High Court in Ipoh compelling IGP Khalid Abu Bakar to execute the warrant of committal against Ridhuan.
"If he (Ridhuan) is not present tomorrow we will decide whether you can address the court," Justice Zulkefli told Hatem.
Kulasegaran and lawyer K Shanmuga said they are prepared to go on with the case, either with or without Ridhuan's presence.
The appeal against the unilateral conversion of the two children is up in question for two days beginning today. The other daughter, the eldest is already more than 18 years.
The other judges in the panel with Justice Zulkefli today were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Justice Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges Zainun Ali, Abu Samah Nordin and Ramly Ali.
[More to follow]-Mkini