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False case, torture: Kerala scientist Nambi Narayanan granted Rs5 million compensation in ISRO spy case

  • 14 September 2018
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False case, torture: Kerala scientist Nambi Narayanan granted Rs5 million compensation in ISRO spy case
A space scientist who was wrongly implicated in an espionage case and arrested should receive compensation from the Indian government of 5 million rupees (about QAR253,523), the country's Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
The court said Nambi Narayanan, a scientist at the state-run Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), was "arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty."
The court ordered the state of Kerala to pay him 5 million rupees within eight weeks.
It also ordered a committee headed by a retired judge to look at ways of taking "appropriate steps against the erring officials."
Narayanan, now in his seventies, was arrested along with five others in November 1994 on charges of espionage.
He was accused of selling classified information on ISRO's cryogenic programme to two women from the Maldives who were allegedly spying for other countries for millions of dollars.
Narayanan spent 50 days in jail until the Central Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case, said in 1996 that there was no evidence and the charges were false. All six accused were acquitted by the Kerala High Court.
Narayanan approached the Supreme Court in 2015 seeking criminal and disciplinary action against the police officers who took action against him, his lawyer V Giri said.
"They should be ashamed of what they have done ... It caused tremendous mental torture and humiliation ... The Supreme Court judgement has brought me peace of mind ... I am very old now," Narayanan was quoted as saying by the NDTV news channel.
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