ISRO Espionage Case: Different Conspirators, Same Set of Victims, Says Nambi Narayanan

New Delhi: Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) space scientist Nambi Narayanan, who recently given a compensation of Rs 50 lakh  by the Supreme Court for being subjected to mental cruelty in the 24 year old spying case, on Saturday said that all these years, there have been different set of conspirators with different motives but same set of victims. Narayanan has so far received a compensation of Rs 10 lakh.

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a high-level probe into the role of Kerala Police officials in the fabricating the case and arresting and causing tremendous harassment and immeasurable anguish to Narayanan. Apart from this, the apex court also appointed a retired SC judge committee to explore “ways and means” to bring justice to Narayanan after he told the top court that merely giving him a compensation for his suffering will not do justice.

“I have served the nation. I am hurt. It was a fabricated case. I have suffered the agony for ten years. The CBI gave me the clean chit and the closure report was accepted by the Magistrate,” 76-year-old scientist told the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. During one of the hearings, Narayanan had demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore and action against the SIT officers who framed him.

Terming the police action against the 76-year-old former scientist as psycho-pathological treatment , a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said his “liberty and dignity”, basic to his human rights, were jeopardised as he was taken into custody and, eventually, despite all the glory of the past, was compelled to face “cynical abhorrence”.

The former space scientist said that the 1994 espionage case was a lie ever since Maldivian national Mariam Rasheeda was arrested in October 1994 for obtaining rocket designs from ISRO and selling them to Pakistan. Narayanan said that the genesis of the case was a chance meeting Rasheeda had with K Chandrasekhar (Indian representative of a Russian space agency) at the Trivandrum airport in June 1994.

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