SC grants Rs 50 lakh compensation to Nambi Narayanan

The Supreme Court granted compensation of Rs 50 lakh to acquitted scientist Nambi Narayanan for being arrested by the Kerala Police 24 years ago after being implicated in a fabricated ISRO spy case.

The apex court also constituted a committee headed by retired SC judge D.K Jain to inquire into the role of Kerala police officials in the arrest of Narayanan.

"Arrest of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayan was needless and unnecessary," said the top court.

In June, the court reserved its judgment in the case after discussion over increased compensation relief and justice to the affected space scientist Narayanan in the case and on the need for further probe to ascertain who was behind the conspiracy and why.

The apex court hearing was on the petition for criminal action against the police officials of the state for allegedly fabricating the ISRO spy case in 1994.

More than two decades after the fabricated ISRO espionage case that had falsely implicated six members including space scientist Narayanan, he had approached the Supreme Court for justice.

Narayanan had filed a petition in the apex court to initiate criminal action against three former top police officers including Kerala ADGP Siby Mathews, K.K Joshua and S. Vijayan, for allegedly fabricating the case against him.

(Agencies)