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Maldivian seeks damages in ISRO espionage case
by AM Abdussalam January 12, 2019
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KOZHIKODE: After successful legal battle by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) former scientist Nambi Narayanan, another victim of the infamous ISRO Espionage case has come forward seeking compensation for her ordeal at the hands of investigating officers. Fouzia Hassan, 76, the Maldivian woman who was imprisoned for three years as an accused and later exonerated, demanded damages for her sufferings. She informed media persons that all preparations have been completed to move court in India. In 2018, the Supreme Court directed Kerala government to pay Rs500 million as compensation to Nambi Narayanan, the prime accused in the case.

“What motivated me to seek justice for myself was the legal victory secured by scientist Nambi Narayanan. I have appointed lawyer Prasad Gandhi to file a petition seeking compensation in the ISRO espionage case”, Ms Hassan said while addressing the media on the side lines of Kerala Literary Festival (KLF) here.

Ms Hassan said that the SC verdict in September 2018 has given her hope. “I am happy that Narayanan finally got compensation. It means that I too must be compensated for my sufferings. I spent three years in prison and more importantly my daughter’s education was discontinued while she was in Class-VII. I am hopeful of getting compensation and am sure Kerala government will give it,” she said.

Reacting to the reports, Nambi Narayanan said that Hassan was fully justified in seeking compensation. “It has been proved by the apex court that they (Hassan and Mariyam Rasheeda) have not committed a crime. They were arrested, tortured and made to say what the investigating agency wanted them to say. They suffered more.

They were the first to be arrested and released at the end. They were treated in an unkind way. I feel the state should be kind enough to compensate them,” Narayanan said.

According to Ms Hassan, Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials extracted a written and video confession from her after threatening to rape her daughter. “I had told them that I didn’t know Narayanan. I had no option but to sign the confession statement after they threatened to rape my daughter in my presence.

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