Supreme Court: Ex-ISRO Scientist "Unnecessarily Harassed" By Kerala Cops

Supreme Court: Ex-ISRO Scientist "Unnecessarily Harassed" By Kerala Cops

Supreme Court: Ex-ISRO Scientist "Unnecessarily Harassed" By Kerala Cops

New Delhi: The Supreme Court ordered that Rs. 50 lakh compensation to a former Indian Space Research Organisation scientist, who alleged the Kerala police of mental cruelty and torturing him after his arrest in 1994 in a spy scandal. Nambi Narayanan was "arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty," said a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra. 

Former Supreme Court judge DK Jain, was asked by the court to investigate his allegations against Kerala police officers.

The former ISRO scientist is now in his seventies and had petitioned the court saying he had been illegally detained and tortured.

Mr Narayanan was in charge of the cryogenics division and was arrested under the charge of spying and arrested. In 1996, the investigation was taken over by CBI from the Kerala police. The CBI said that the case against Nambi Narayanan was baseless, and closed it. The CBI report also listed several lapses committed by the police officers and recommended action against them.

 Mr Narayanan and others who were discharged in the case were granted compensation of Rs. 1 lakh by the top court, in 1994 granted compensation . The state government was directed to pay the amount.

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

Nambi Narayanan is said to have introduced the liquid fuel rocket technology in India in the early 1970s.

Mr Narayanan was accussed of leaking crucial defence secrets to two alleged Maldivian intelligence officers, in 1994. The secrets involved highly confidential "flight test data" from experiments with rocket and satellite launches, Defense officials claimed.

Along with Nambi Narayanan , another scientist, D Sasikumaran was accused of selling ISRO secrets for millions.

The scientist was arrested and spent 50 days in jail. The CBI, later conducted a probe and said the charges were false. Today, the Supreme Court was told by the Kerala government that it was willing to unconditionally abide by its order.

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