SC Orders CBI Probe Into Fake Espionage Case Against Scientist Nambi Narayanan, Role Of Cops To Be Examined
The Supreme Court on Thursday (15 April) ordered a CBI probe into the fake espionage case wherein top scientist Nambi Narayanan was framed in 1994. As per reports the CBI will also probe the involvement of police officers in the conspiracy against Narayanan.
Nambi Narayanan has accused the Kerala Police and Intelligence Bureau of torturing him with a motive to extract statements from him. The court set up a committee under former Supreme Court Judge D K Jain to ascertain whether action needs to be taken against erring officials.
Today's SC order came after the apex court considered the Justice D K Jain report which will be forwarded to the CBI, which it will be at the liberty to take further action. The report will not be released to the public.
The ISRO spy case surfaced in 1994 when Narayanan was arrested on charges of espionage along with another senior official of ISRO, two Maldivian women and a businessman.
The CBI cleared him in 1995 and since then he has been fighting a legal battle against the then top police official Siby Mathews and other officials which include S Vijayan and K K Joshua, who probed the case and implicated Narayanan.
Sibi Mathew later reached the rank of the Director General of Police and took VRS, months before he was to have superannuated and became the Chief Information Officer of the state. He has since retired from that post and is now settled in the state capital city.
Incidentally this case took place when the factional feud in the Congress party between the K Karunakaran and the A K Antony factions led by Oommen Chandy was at its zenith. Karunakaran had to quit the office in 1995 after it was found out that he was shielding his close aide and senior police officer Raman Srivastava, who later became the state police chief and after retirement, he is today the advisor to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
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