IGP urged to stop playing mediator.
The Malaysian Bar president today slammed Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador for acting as a mediator in the fight between M Indira Gandhi and her ex-husband over custody of their daughter.
In a statement, Abdul Fareed Abdul Ghafoor said it is not for police to mediate between the enforcement of a Federal Court ruling and the parties in the case, or to try and reach a “win-win” outcome.
“It is imperative within our constitutional scheme that the various branches of government and the agencies that constitute these branches comply and act in accordance with the pronouncements of such court orders.
“The separation of powers is designed to be a system of checks and balances. Any act on the part of any officer contrary to the pronouncements of the decision of the court would create chaos and discord in society.”
He urged Hamid to enforce the apex court’s ruling in 2018 and pursue the return of Prasana Diksa to her mother.
“The Bar is concerned that the case concerning Indira Gandhi and her daughter has yet to meet a resolution more than 10 years since it began.
“Controversy still surrounds the status of the youngest child, Prasana Diksa, who was reported to have been abducted by Muhammad Riduan Abdullah. It was also reported that Indira Gandhi has not had any contact with either her daughter or her ex-husband.
“It is in view of these facts that the revelations by the IGP are startling and warrant immediate action.
“The Bar, therefore, calls on the IGP to carry out and enforce the pronouncement of the Federal Court in 2018, and to pursue the immediate return of Prasana Diksa to her mother.”
On Friday, the nation’s top cop said he knows Riduan’s whereabouts, and urged him to come forward.
Hamid, who recently came under fire for saying the case will have a “happy ending”, said both Indira and Riduan have the right to access their child.
“The public do not know where he (Riduan) is, but I know. I urge him to come forward so that this matter can be solved amicably.
“To the father, do not hide any more. Both Indira and the father have rights to their daughter.
“I take this case seriously and I want a happy ending, especially for the little girl. I understand the frustration the mother has gone through, I know she misses her daughter.”
The IGP has hinted on many occasions he knew where Riduan is and repeatedly has called for him to surrender. He said he wants a happy ending and has his own way of doing things that he felt he did not need to elaborate on.
On Thursday, Indira Gandhi Action Team chairman Arun Dorasamy slammed Hamid for playing “broker” by promising a win-win situation for both the former kindergarten teacher and her fugitive ex-husband.