Happy with SC verdict, says Nambi Narayanan

Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in the 1994 espionage case but stressed there should be a time-frame for the completion of the probe by the court-appointed panel.

The top court held that Narayanan was "arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty" in the case and ordered a probe into the role of Kerala Police officers in it.

Reacting to the apex court verdict, the 76-year old Narayanan said he felt "better now than earlier".

However, he added that there should be a time-frame for the completion of the probe by the panel appointed by the court.

On the compensation of Rs 50 lakh awarded to him, he said officials responsible for his arrest should be made to pay compensation amount and also the fine.

Former DGP Sibi Mathew, who headed the Special Investigation Team that probed the case and arrested Narayanan, refused to comment on the SC verdict.

Narayanan, who was arrested in the case, had to spend close to two months in jail and later it was found by the CBI that the espionage case was a false one.

(Agencies)