Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador is ready to meet M Indira Gandhi but it must be without the presence of a third party.
Hamid said he did not have any problem meeting the woman who is looking to reunite with her youngest child, Prasana Diksa, who was snatched by her estranged husband, Muhammad Ridzuan Abdullah, in 2009.
He had converted to Islam, including their three children, without her consent.
“My door is always open to her, but I don’t want any third party involved in any meeting,” he told a media conference.
Last week, Indira asked why the police chief is shunning her after promising that mother and daughter will be reunited.
Hamid previously promised Indira a “happy ending” after her ex-husband forcibly took away Prasana 12 years ago.
The top cop had expressed personal interest in the case and given an assurance to Indira.
He later said police knew where Ridzuan was and urged him to come forward, so as to resolve the matter amicably.
That promise was made in January, but Indira’s attempts to meet Hamid and get an update have not been entertained.
Ridzuan was ordered by the Ipoh High Court in March 2010 to return Prasana to Indira, who was awarded custody of all three children.
Police have been looking for Ridzuan, whose name was Patmanathan Krishnan before his conversion to Islam, since then.
Hamid said he is willing to meet Indira and personally explain to her the status of the case.
“I don’t want it to be politicised as this will complicate police work later.
“As I have said, efforts are ongoing to persuade Indira’s ex-husband. This shows we are working on it.”
He said police have the capacity to track Ridzuan’s whereabouts, whether in the country or overseas.
“How far can he go? The Philippines, Thailand, India, Pakistan?
“This case has never been off my radar. I know where he is. He is not in the country. I’m looking for an amicable solution where both (Indira and Muhammad Ridzuan) will get the benefit of some form of joint custody.
“I know it’s going to be very messy, especially divorce cases. I know that. That’s the reason I wouldn’t want to make regular statements on what we have been doing.
“But quietly, I’ve been getting help from certain senior politicians from the various states to convince the ex-husband.
“I am positive, and it’s a matter of time. I don’t want to promise anything now.”
Hamid also said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his predecessor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, are fully aware of his plans.
He said at this juncture, he is also planning to get a senior woman police officer to meet Indira and give her some assurance.
“Actually, I want to get a senior woman officer to meet Indira, not to console her but to assure her that I’m working very, very hard.
“Meanwhile, I will try to convince him (Ridzuan) that everything must be done in accordance with the court ruling and he must not be selfish for the sake of the child’s future.
“I did inform the former prime minister and also the current prime minister who was the home minister then how I planned to tackle this case, because it has been politicised and I don’t want it to be that way.
“It makes it difficult for us to make progress with the case. My men have to move quietly and assure the ex-husband that it is for the benefit of the child, and he has to abide by court orders,” he stressed.