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ISRO spy case: Fauzia Hasan to move court


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Kozhikode: Fauzia Hasan, the Maldivian national who was imprisoned for over three years in the fake ISRO espionage case, will file legal suit seeking compensation. Her move comes after Supreme Court of India directed the state government to pay Rs. 50 lakh as compensation to former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan, the co-accused in the case.

Fauzia, who is now at Calicut to take part in Kerala Literature Festival, said that she has appointed lawyer Prasad Gandhi to file a petition seeking compensation. She said that the SC verdict in favour of Nambi Narayanan 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 due the case. I am hopeful of getting compensation and am sure Kerala government will give it," she said.

She accused the Intelligence Bureau and the Kerala police officials of trapping her and Mariam Rashida, another accused in the case.

"I agreed to parrot the statements of the IB officials, who refused to identify themselves, when they threatened to arrest my daughter and rape her before me. As a mother, I wanted to save my daughter.  I asked them not to touch her and agreed to make the confessional statement. I was severely beaten up in custody," she said.

"How can I be a spy without knowing to speak English properly?", she asked.

Nambi Narayanan responded that Fauzia Hasan was fully justified in seeking compensation.

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