ISRO spy case: SC awards scientist Nambi Narayanan Rs 50 lakh compensation

New Delhi, Sep 14 : The Supreme Court on Friday said that the arrest of former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in the 1994 alleged spy scandal was “needless and unnecessary” and awarded him Rs 50 lakh compensation as he had to suffer jail term and ignominy.

Awarding the compensation, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud also directed the setting up of a Committee to inquire into the role of erring officials who Nambi Narayanan said implicated him in the alleged Indian Space Research Organisation spy case.

The Committee would be headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice DK Jain and have a representative each from the Centre and the Kerala government to probe into the role of Kerala police officials in the arrest of the scientist at India’s space agency, ISRO.

The court verdict has come on a plea by Nambi Narayanan seeking probe into his framing in the false case by the Kerala Police and other agencies.

Nambi Narayanan had moved the top court challenging a Kerala High Court judgment that had upheld the state government’s decision not to take action against the officials who had falsely implicated the scientist in the case in the mid-90s.

The scientist was arrested after the Kerala police arrested Mariam Rasheeda, a Maldivian woman, on October 20, 1994, for overstaying in India but later, police accused her of being involved in a sex-spy scandal.

She was accused of passing on Isro’s cryogenic programme secrets to other woman for supplying it to Russia and Pakistan’s ISI, as per reports.

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