An elderly Indian man who was stuck in the UAE for eight years after he got involved in a blood money case finally flew home last week following a report in Gulf News. A.S. Sankaranarayanan, 61, settled the Dh200,000 diya (blood money) after Emirates Islamic Bank paid the entire amount on his behalf.
Sankaranarayanan was languishing in the UAE as he was unable to pay the diya to the family of a Bangladeshi worker who died of electrical shock in a washroom at the latter’s labour accommodation in 2009.
Before boarding his flight last week, he said his legal battle had continued for seven more months due to the huge overstay fines that had piled up during the case. The major fines were eventually waived off and he had to pay Dh4,500 only at the end, he said. “I am extremely thankful and indebted to Gulf News and Emirates Islamic Bank for this noble gesture,” said the former office supervisor with an electromechanical company in Sharjah.
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