The Kerala authorities on Tuesday handed over a further compensation of Rs 1.30 crore to former scientist of the Indian Area Analysis Organisation (ISRO) Nambi Narayanan to settle the two-and-half-decade-old spy case wherein he was implicated by the state police.
A case was filed by Narayanan (79) within the periods courtroom in Thiruvananthapuram after the Supreme Court docket in 2018 ordered that his arrest within the case was “pointless and he was implicated” and granted him an interim reduction of Rs 50 lakh. The courtroom had additionally noticed that Narayanan deserved extra and he may method a decrease courtroom for correct compensation. Earlier, the Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC) had additionally ordered a reduction Rs 10 lakh to him.
After the Supreme Court docket’s order, the Kerala authorities had requested former chief secretary Okay Jayakumar to look into the matter and repair an actual compensation quantity and arrive at a settlement. Later, his solutions had been submitted earlier than the courtroom and a settlement was clinched. “I’m comfortable. It isn’t for cash alone I fought. My struggle was in opposition to injustice,” Narayanan stated after accepting the cheque.
The ISRO spy case pertains to allegations of switch of sure confidential paperwork and secrets and techniques of the county’s cryogenic engine know-how to enemy international locations by two scientists and 4 others, together with two Maldivian girls.
The case had generated sufficient warmth. Many books had been written over the sensational case and a Bollywood director had even made a biopic on Narayanan who needed to pay a heavy value together with former chief minister Okay Karunakaran. Its launch was delayed as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Narayanan was conferred the Padma Bhushan final 12 months.
The case surfaced in 1994 and Karunakaran was pressured to give up after a piece of his celebration led by A Okay Antony and Oommen Chandy revolted in opposition to him after the then police chief’s identify (Ramon Srivastav) additionally cropped up within the case. It was alleged that two senior scientists of ISRO – Nambi Narayanan and D Sasikumaran – had offered area secrets and techniques for cash and sexual favours. Two Maldivian girls had been additionally arrested in reference to the case. Srivastav was then Inspector Basic of Police.
Nevertheless, in 1998, the Supreme Court docket had quashed the case after accepting the CBI inquiry report that it was cooked up. When the espionage case was unearthed, Narayanan was in-charge of the cryogenic division. He was the primary to introduce liquid gasoline rocket know-how. The nation’s area know-how needed to endure badly as a result of espionage case, he stated in one of many interviews pointing to a bigger conspiracy within the case.
“Hated by all I considered committing suicide on a number of events. However I by no means wished to die as a traitor. I lived all these years solely to inform this,” Naryanana had informed the Hindustan Occasions in one of many earlier interviews.