CBI probe ordered into espionage case against Nambi Narayanan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court ordered an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the 1994 espionage case against former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist Nambi Narayanan.

Narayanan has welcomed the federal agency probe into the alleged police conspiracy to implicate him in the case.

"I am happy. I sought a central agency probe that led to the conspiracy that delayed the country's cryogenic project" the former ISRO scientist said.

On April 5, the Centre moved the top court seeking urgent hearing and consideration of the panel's report terming it as a “national issue”.

A bench headed by Justice A.M Khanwilkar accepted the report by the committee it had appointed and asked the CBI to carry out further investigation in the case, which involves allegations of transfer of certain confidential documents on India's space programme to foreign countries by two scientists and four others, including two Maldivian women.

The court had appointed the panel on September 14, 2018 and directed the Kerala government to cough up Rs 50 lakh compensation for compelling former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan to undergo 'immense humiliation'.



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