The Supreme Court today, announced its judgment on a plea filed by former space scientist, Nambi Narayanan to prosecute the police for framing him in the ISRO spy scandal.
The apex court granted Rs 50 lakh compensation to Narayanan for being arrested by the Kerala police 24 years ago after being falsely implicated in the ISRO espionage case.
In 1994, Narayanan was charged with leaking vital defence secrets to Maldivian intelligence officers. Defense officials said the secrets pertained to highly confidential “flight test data” from experiments with rocket and satellite launches.
Nambi Narayanan was among two scientists who were accused of selling ISRO secrets for millions. The CBI took over the case in 1996 and found the allegations to be false and unproved, which resulted in the discharge of all the accused.
The plea by Narayanan for criminal and disciplinary action against the Kerala police was heard by a three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.
Narayanan had accused the Intelligence Bureau and the Kerala police of torturing him to extract information.
Narayanan had approached the Supreme Court after a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court refused his request to launch proceedings against the police, reported.
Arguing against the High Court’s Division Bench order, Narayanan’s lawyer said that the order “would only encourage the unlawful action and mindset on the part of the Kerala police to harass innocent persons for extraneous considerations”.
In 1998, after quashing the Kerala Government’s attempt to reopen the case, the Supreme Court had directed the State Government to pay him one lakh rupees as compensation.
Later, when Narayanan approached the National Human Rights Commission, the NHRC awarded him with an interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh in Mach 2001 after hearing both sides and taking the apex court’s judgment into account.
The Kerala Government had tried to challenge this enhanced compensation, but had lost their cases.>