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Curtains down on 26-year-old ISRO spy case, scientist Nambi Narayanan gets additional compensation from Kerala govt

The Kerala authorities on Tuesday handed over an additional compensation of Rs 1.30 crore to former scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Nambi Narayanan to settle the two-and-half-decade-old spy case during which he was implicated by the state police.

A case was filed by Narayanan (79) within the classes court docket in Thiruvananthapuram after the Supreme Court in 2018 ordered that his arrest within the case was “unnecessary and he was implicated” and granted him an interim aid of Rs 50 lakh. The court docket had additionally noticed that Narayanan deserved extra and he may strategy a decrease court docket for correct compensation. Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had additionally ordered a aid Rs 10 lakh to him.

After the Supreme Court’s order, the Kerala authorities had requested former chief secretary Ok Jayakumar to look into the matter and repair an actual compensation quantity and arrive at a settlement. Later, his ideas have been submitted earlier than the court docket and a settlement was clinched. “I am happy. It is not for money alone I fought. My fight was against injustice,” Narayanan mentioned 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 expertise to enemy international locations by two scientists and 4 others, together with two Maldivian ladies.

The case had generated sufficient warmth. Many books have been written over the sensational case and a Bollywood director had even made a biopic on Narayanan who needed to pay a heavy worth together with former chief minister Ok Karunakaran. Its launch was delayed as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Narayanan was conferred the Padma Bhushan final yr.

The case surfaced in 1994 and Karunakaran was pressured to give up after a bit of his celebration led by A Ok Antony and Oommen Chandy revolted in opposition to him after the then police chief’s title (Ramon Srivastav) additionally cropped up within the case. It was alleged that two senior scientists of ISRO – Nambi Narayanan and D Sasikumaran – had bought area secrets and techniques for cash and sexual favours. Two Maldivian ladies have been additionally arrested in reference to the case. Srivastav was then Inspector General of Police.

However, in 1998, the Supreme Court 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 gas rocket expertise. The nation’s area expertise needed to endure badly as a result of espionage case, he mentioned in one of many interviews pointing to a bigger conspiracy within the case.

“Hated by all I thought of committing suicide on several occasions. But I never wanted to die as a traitor. I lived all these years only to tell this,” Naryanana had advised the Hindustan Times in one of many earlier interviews.

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