Framed in Isro case, Mal­di­vian woman to sue Ker­ala cops, IB

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Arun.Ram@

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.

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