Ananth Ku­mar un­der­go­ing treat­ment for TB in Lon­don

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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.

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