“The kick-starting of the inquiry into the conspiracy angle of then police officials is a welcome note. I am so happy that they are starting the inquiry.” These are the words of former ISRO space scientist S Nambi Narayanan, who is much happy that the inquiry that is now beginning after two long years of wait.
It was in 2018 that the Supreme Court appointed a three-member committee under retired judge D K Jain to look into conspiracy angle of the then police officials for falsely implicating Nambi Narayanan. As per reports, the committee will have its first sitting on December 14 and 15.
Talking to www.indianf.com, Nambi Narayan said, “it is quite natural that I am happy to hear about the probe after all these years.” He said that he was not aware if the committee would hear him. “The committee is looking at the conspiracy angle of the police officials and hope that it would be held in all justification,” he said.
Nambi Narayan, who was awarded Padma Bhushan last year said that the inquiry would be completely in a time bound manner.
The Apex court had appointed the three-member panel on the petition by Nambi Narayanan that sought action against police officials, including former ADGP Siby Mathews, for falsely implicating in the case.
The ISRO espionage case made headlines in 1994. The Kerala police had alleged that confidential documents that were of security interest were handed over to foreign countries. In that case, Nambi Narayan along with another scientist and a Maldives woman and a businessman were arrested. In 1995, the CBI cleared him of the charges and since then he was fighting against the police officials who allegedly framed him in the case.
Nimbi Narayan had approached the Supreme Court after the Kerala High Court ordered that no inquiry was needed against Siby Mathews and two other police officials – K K Joshua and S Vijayan — in the case.