'Jewish writer had close links with extremist outfits'

The Kerala government has informed the High court that British-born Jewish writer Susan Nathan, facing deportation, had "close connections" with Islamic extremist groups in the state.

Advocate General K P Dandapani made the submission in this regard before the High Court yesterday.

The 62-year-old writer had recently been ordered by the Kozhikode District collector to leave the country for overstaying without valid travel documents. Police has also registered a case against her.

Challenging her deportation, Nathan approached the Kerala High court.

The Advocate General stated that according to a police report, the writer had participated in various meetings organized by the National Development Front. The report had also stated that her activities were "suspicious".

The writer was staying in a house in Kozhikode allegedly arranged by Aboobacker, former Vice President of the banned Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

Nathan's contention was that she had come to India for medical treatment.She had sought a direction to the Kozhikode Collector to permit her to stay in Kozhikode till a decision was taken on her application to get a resident permit.

A Division bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice P R Ramachandra Menon, has reserved orders on the petition.

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