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SC orders CBI investigation into Isro spy case against scientist Nambi Narayanan | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the involvement of three Kerala police officers in framing Isro scientist Nambi Narayanan in a spy case.
The SC court, headed by Judge AM Khanwilkar, ordered the acting director of the IWC to take up the case and treat the investigative report given to Judge DK Jain’s panel as a preliminary report for further investigation.
On April 5, the Center asked the superior court for an urgent hearing and consideration of the panel’s report, calling it a “national issue.”
The spy case, which made headlines in 1994, concerned allegations of transfer of certain confidential documents about India’s space program to foreign countries by two scientists and four other people, including two Maldivian women. The scientist was arrested during the congressional regime in Kerala.
Narayanan had approached the high court against a Kerala high court ruling that said no action was necessary against former DGP Siby Mathews, who then headed the SIT investigation team, and two retired superintendents of the KK police Joshua and S Vijayan, who were later held responsible by the CBI for the illegal arrest of the scientist.
The high court had appointed the panel on September 14, 2018 while ordering the Kerala government to pay Rs 50 lakh compensation for forcing Narayanan to suffer “immense humiliation”.

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