Kerala man pins hopes on Indian embassy to return from Saudi Arabia
As Lathif now stuck in the legal limbo, the only way to retrieve his documents and fly home is the intervention of Kerala government
Lathif, a Keralite who has been working as a human right activist in Saudi Arabia for the past 27 years, has now landed in trouble after taking efforts to release a fellow Malayali migrant worker from Saudi prison.
Being an active social worker in Riyadh for years, Lathif has successfully campaigned for the release of many Indians from Saudi jails. But, one of his philanthropist acts that occurred 21 months ago has now turned bad for him.
Narayanan, a native of Malappuram district in Kerala, was released from Saudi Jail after five years as a result of Lathif’s constant interventions. Narayanan had been sent to prison following a car owned by a Saudi citizen went missing from the workshop that Narayan used to work.
As part of Lathif’s intervention in the case, he had appeared as a guarantee in the court for the release of Narayanan after firmly believing that he had no role in the missing of Saudi native’s vehicle.
The Saudi Court had also asked Lathif to submit his passport and Iqama before the court as per the terms of release.
But, things took a bad turn after Nayaranan left for home following his release. The court ordered Narayanan to come back to Saudi Arabia and pays a compensation of RS 10 lakh to the plaintiff directly. In addition, the Saudi court suggested it could only allow Lathif to retrieve his passport from the court.
“Since Narayanan sponsor passed away, he was sent to India as final exit and this has made Narayanan’s return to Saudi is impossible at this juncture,” Lathif told Narada News.
As Lathif now stuck in the legal limbo, the only way to retrieve his documents and fly home is the intervention of Kerala government. However, friends of Lathif say the government has not taken a step yet though the issue has become a discussion in social media.