Ananth Kumar undergoing treatment for TB in London
office of Union minister H N Ananth Kumar said the five-time MP was taking rest in London and has labelled reports of him suffering from cancer as “false”. “The minister is in London at the home of his cousins and is scheduled to return within a week,” Kumar’s office in Bengaluru said in a statement. “It is only rumors about him suffering from cancer,” the statement said. Kumar had a serious coughing problem prior to the assembly elections in May and was scheduled to undergo treatment soon after the polls. However, with the Jayanagar constituency bypoll and the no confidence motion in Parliament against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Kumar’s treatment was delayed.
Naming then special investigation team head Siby Mathews (who later became DGP and Kerala chief information commissioner) and then special branch inspector S Vijayan as those who implicated her, Mariam Rasheeda said her lawyers would soon move the appropriate court, but she wouldn’t come to India, which continues to give her the shivers. Asked if she would depose before the Justice Jain committee appointed by the SC, Rasheeda said she would consider that option after taking legal opinion.
When asked why she kept silent so far, Rasheeda said initially she was in shock and scared. Later, she was made to believe that there was a window period within which she had to file the case. “I thought the period was over. Now, with the SC verdict, I realised that I can still sue them,” she said.
The Maldivian, who had come to India for health care and education for her friend and co-accused Fauziyya Hassan’s daughter, said inspector Vijayan tortured her. “When I went to meet him to say I may not be able to travel back to Male because of a plague scare, Vijayan held back my passport for 18 days and arrested me for overstay. In custody, he beat me up brutally. He thought that he would get a promotion by making up the spy case. There were others from IB, too, who tortured me, but I don’t know their names,” she said.