G Madhavan Nair, Ex-ISRO Chief Joins BJP

G Madhavan Nair, Ex-ISRO Chief Joins BJP

G Madhavan Nair, Ex-ISRO Chief Joins BJP 

New Delhi: G Madhavan Nair, Former ISRO chief joined the BJP on Saturday.  BJP president Amit Shah welcomed the former rocket scientist at a function in Trivandrum.

A crucial member in India's first Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-1, Mr Nair was the ISRO chairman during 2003-09.

The CBI named him as an accused in the Rs. 578-Crore Antrix-Devas scam after serving as the chairman of the Antrix corporation's the governing body. The Antrix corp is the commercial arm of ISRO.

A Rs. 1400 crore deal was inked between Antrix and Devas Multimedia Limited to deliver video, multimedia and information services to mobile receivers and mobile phones through satellite, in January 2005. ISRO was meant to build and launch two satellites, which were to be leased out to Devas.

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Ad per the chargesheet, the deal had violated the guidelines set by ISRO. The Central Bureau of Investigation alleged that Mr Nair and other officials of ISRO and the Department of Space wrongfully leased out S-Band, a restricted wavelength of the INSAT satellites, to Devas Multimedia.

The Central probing agency also said that Antrix sought approval for building of the satellite, suppressing facts from the union cabinet. Devas had claimed that they had ownership and rights to use intellectual property in designing digital multimedia receivers and commercial information devices. The agency slammed it as a false claim.

The allegations were denied by Mr Nair.

"There was nothing wrong in the deal and I do not know how the chargesheet has come. There was vested interest behind this and the previous ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan had given wrong statements," Mr Nair had said.

Mr Nair was granted bail by a Delhi court in the case, in December last year. 

The BJP has been adding noted personalities to the party fold, ahead of the next year's general elections . The BJP cheif recently, inducted actor-turned-politician P Babu Mohan into the party.  Swami Paripoornananda, the religious guru also joined the party in Telangana.

                                                                

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