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Nambi Narayanan Acquitted from Spy Case; Appealed for Prosecution of Police

After getting clean chit from the Supreme Court I ISRO Espionage Scandal, former space scientist urged for the prosecution of the police officer for falsely framing him into the case.

Charges of leaking highly confidential “flight test data” from experiments with rocket and satellite launches to Maldivian intelligence officers were levelled against him in 1994.

The Supreme Court on Friday, 14 September, announced Narayanan’s acquittal from the spy scandal and granted Rs 50 lakh compensation to Narayanan for being falsely indicted.

Apart from the Rs 50 lakh compensation, the apex court also ordered setting up a constitutional committee headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice DK Jain to look into the role of the police in framing the false charges against the ISRO scientist.

Narayanan had approached the Supreme Court after a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court refused his request to launch proceedings against the police. Narayanan accused Intelligence Bureau and Kerala Police of torturing him to extract information.

Later, when Narayanan approached the National Human Rights Commission, the NHRC awarded him a compensation of Rs 10 lakh in March 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.