ISRO Spy Case: SC Awards Rs 50 lakh Compensation To Scientist Nambi Narayan

By SM.14 Sep, 2018





NEW DELHI: A former ISRO scientist who has alleged harassment and torture by the Kerala police who arrested him for spying must be given Rs. 50 lakh compensation, the Supreme Court ordered today.

Nambi Narayanan was unnecessarily harassed, the court said, setting up a panel headed by a former Supreme Court judge DK Jain to investigate his allegations against Kerala police officers.

The ISRO or Indian Space Research Organisation scientist had petitioned the court saying he had been illegally detained and tortured.

Nambi Narayanan had challenged a high court order backing the Kerala government"s decision to drop action against police officers Siby Mathew, KK Joshua and S Vijayan.

Though a single judge had cancelled the government decision, a high court division bench overruled him.

The CBI, which took over the probe from the Kerala police, said the case against Nambi Narayanan was baseless, and filed a closure report. The CBI report also listed several lapses committed by the police officers and recommended action against them.

The Kerala government told the Supreme Court that it was willing to unconditionally abide by its order.

The top court in 1998 had granted compensation of Rs. 1 lakh to Narayanan and others who were discharged in the case. The state government was directed to pay the amount.