ISRO espionage case: Excessive-level probe panel submits report back to SC on Nambi Narayanan’s unlawful arrest

Nambi Narayanan

2021-04-03 17:00:21

Nambi Narayanan
Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan speaks to media, in Thiruvananthapuram, Friday, September 14, 2018.
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New Delhi: A high-level probe panel appointed by the Supreme Courtroom to take erring cops to job for inflicting “large harassment” and “immeasurable anguish” to ISRO scientist Dr Nambi Narayanan within the 1994 espionage case has submitted its report back to the apex courtroom, sources stated

The SC had on September 14, 2018 appointed the three-member panel headed by its former decide D Ok Jain whereas directing the Kerala authorities to cough up Rs 50 lakh compensation for compelling Narayanan to bear “immense humiliation”.

The scientist was arrested when the Congress was heading the federal government in Kerala. The panel, after investigation, submitted its report in a sealed cowl to the apex courtroom just lately.

The CBI, in its probe, had held that the then prime police officers in Kerala have been liable for Narayanan’s unlawful arrest.

The case additionally had its political fallout, with a bit within the Congress focusing on the then Chief Minister late Ok Karunakaran over the difficulty, that ultimately led to his resignation.

Over a interval of virtually two-and-a-half years, the panel headed by Justice Jain examined the circumstances resulting in the arrest.

The espionage case, which had hit the headlines in 1994, pertained to allegations of switch of sure confidential paperwork on India’s area programme to international international locations by two scientists and 4 others, together with two Maldivian ladies.

The 79-year-old former scientist, who was given a clear chit by the CBI, maintained that the Kerala Police had “fabricated” the case and the know-how he was accused to have stolen and offered within the 1994 case didn’t even exist at the moment.

Narayanan had approached the apex courtroom in opposition to a Kerala Excessive Courtroom judgement that stated “no motion wanted to be taken” in opposition to former DGP Siby Mathews, who was then heading the SIT probe workforce, two retired superintendents of police, Ok Ok Joshua and S Vijayan, and the then Deputy Director, Intelligence Bureau, R B Shreekumar, who have been later held accountable by the CBI for the scientist’s unlawful arrest.

The apex courtroom in its judgement had stated, “We expect that the acquiring factual state of affairs requires structure of a committee to seek out out methods and means to take acceptable steps in opposition to the erring officers.”

“The legal regulation was set in movement with none foundation. It was initiated, if one is allowed to say, on some form of fancy or notion,” a bench headed by the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra had stated.

“We’re of the view that the appellant was arrested and he has suffered custody for nearly 50 days. His arrest has been significantly criticised within the closure report of the CBI. From the aforesaid report, the harassment and psychological torture confronted by the appellant is clear,” the bench had added.

The judgement had stated the “total prosecution” initiated by the state police was “malicious and it has brought about large harassment and immeasurable anguish” to Narayanan. “It may be said with certitude” that the basic proper of life and private liberty of Narayanan was “gravely affected”.

The CBI, whereas giving a clear chit to the scientist, had stated that Siby Mathews had left “your entire investigation to IB surrendering his duties” and ordered indiscriminate arrest of the scientist and others with out satisfactory proof.

The case had caught consideration in October 1994, when Maldivian nationwide Rasheeda was arrested in Thiruvananthapuram for allegedly acquiring secret drawings of ISRO rocket engines to promote to Pakistan.

Narayanan, the then director of the cryogenic mission at ISRO, was arrested together with the then ISRO Deputy Director D Sasikumaran, and Fousiya Hasan, a Maldivian pal of Rasheeda.

The apex courtroom had termed the police motion in opposition to the ex-scientist of the Indian Area Analysis Organisation (ISRO) a “psycho-pathological therapy”.

It had stated that his “liberty and dignity”, fundamental to his human rights, have been jeopardised as he was taken into custody and, ultimately, regardless of all of the glory of the previous, was compelled to face “cynical abhorrence”.

Awarding a compensation Rs 50 lakh, which was to be paid by the state authorities, the highest courtroom had stated it was being given to compensate for his struggling, anxiousness and the therapy meted out to him.

The apex courtroom had stated the “repute of a person is an insegregable side of his proper to life with dignity” and had rejected the plea of the Kerala authorities that because of the lapse of time, no inquiry or subsequent actions have been wanted to be taken in opposition to the erring officers.

It had accepted Narayanan’s plea that the authorities, who have been liable for inflicting such a “harrowing impact” on his thoughts, ought to face “authorized penalties”.

The findings of the report should not but identified.

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