Ras Al Khaimah

Paralysed Indian man trapped in debt returns home from UAE after 15 years

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)
dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com Filed on October 20, 2019 | Last updated on October 20, 2019 at 06.20 am
Paralysed Indian man, UAE, Lulu Group, Yusuffali MA

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Moosakutty, a native of Kerala, incurred a Dh1.5 million debt; was jailed from 2012 to 2015.

A businessman trapped in 28 legal cases in Ras Al Kahimah, coupled with several health issues, has finally returned to India after 15 years, thanks to financial and legal support by Indian businessman Yusuffali MA, chairman of Lulu Group.

Khaleej Times had earlier reported the plight of Moosakutty Puzhakkara, a native of Pattambi, Kerala, and the efforts Yusuffali had been doing to help him return home. Moosakutty had a travel ban which confined him and his family to a dingy one-room home for more than a decade with almost 50 per cent paralysis.

Moosakutty was an office boy in Abu Dhabi who managed to save up enough money to launch a business, but the past decade had been tragic for him.

He incurred a Dh1.5 million debt; was jailed from 2012 to 2015; had not seen home for 15 years, and the right side of his body is paralysed. After month-long legal proceedings and interaction with all relevant government stakeholders, including His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Yusuffali was able to finalise an early settlement of his debts and legal issues.

As per the court ruling, he paid Dh400,000 as final settlement and facilitated the travel back home of Moosakutty and his wife on Friday.

"I was moved by Moosakutty's miserable health and living condition. The challenge was to get settlements in more than 28 court cases as soon as possible. All other relevant authorities helped speed up proceedings which resulted in the lifting of the travel ban and the return of Moosakutty to his home and family in India. I sincerely wish and pray that Moosakutty recovers fast and has a happy and prosperous life ahead with family and loved ones," said Yusuffali.




Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for over ten years. For Khaleej Times, she covers NRI affairs, civil aviation, and immigration issues among other things. She completed her BA in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008 and is currently pursuing her MA in Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media at the American University in Dubai. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves food, and is mom to an over-enthusiastic Labrador retriever. Tweet at her @shootsprintrite.

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