Squeaky clean

By NT Bureau Published on Sep 15, 2018 10:05 AM IST

Justice delayed is justice denied. The Supreme Court finally gave a clean chit to former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan and awarded Rs 50 lakh compensation stating that he was unnecessarily arrested and harassed by the Kerala Police. A committee was also to enquire into Narayanan’s complaint against police officers who framed him.

Narayanan was arrested 30 November 1994, on allegations of spying. Narayanan had approached the Supreme Court against a Kerala High Court judgement and sought action against police officers who probed the espionage case against him. A bitter legal battle was on for over a couple of decades. Welcoming the verdict, Nambi Narayanan that stressed there should be a time-frame for the completion of the probe by the court-appointed panel.

No doubt the espionage issue had put a halt to the career of one of the best scientists in the country. It meant a blow to cryogenic engine development programme, which was aimed at lifting Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) for deploying heavy communication satellites. The main objective of those behind the case was clear and it was to 'demoralise' Indian scientists, said the scientist. Now that Nambi Narayanan has been pronounced innocent by the apex court, it is the duty of the officials to find out why he was falsely implicated and what were the motives behind framing him.