Framed in Isro case, Maldivian woman to sue Kerala cops, IB
Chennai: Two days after the Supreme Court ordered compensation of Rs 50 lakh to scientist Nambi Narayanan in the fake ‘Isro spy case’ and asked a judicial committee to probe the role of “erring officers”, Mariam Rasheeda, the Maldivian whose arrest triggered the case in 1994, told TOI over phone from an undisclosed location she would sue the cops and seek compensation.
“I was tortured in custody to name Nambi Narayanan. I’ve lost my reputation. I will not leave them,” Mariam said in her first interview since 1998 when the SC exonerated her and six others accused of passing on Indi- a’s rocket secrets to Pakistan. On Friday’s SC order, Rasheeda said the compensation was too little for the loss of career and reputation Narayanan suffered. The CBI had recommended to the Centre and Kerala government that action be taken against officers who tortured the accused.
Rasheeda spent some three-and-a-half years in jail in Kerala, from 1994 to 1998, till the SC exonerated all the accused. CBI’s closure report came in 1996, but she remained in jail because the Kerala government went to the SC seeking a further probe and she chose to stay in prison due to safety concerns.