NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday restored the pride of rocket scientist S Nambi Narayanan, twenty-four years after he was unnecessarily arrested, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty in an espionage case. The apex court awarded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to him on account of loss of reputation and mental agony.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra further directed for constitution of a committee, headed by retired Supreme Court judge D K Jain, to investigate the involvement of Kerala police officers, who played a pivotal role in implicating the former ISRO scientist in the spying case. The Centre and State will nominate a member each to the committee.
SC constitutes committee headed by retired judge D K Jain to probe the role of Kerala police officials in the arrest of Nambi Narayan @NewIndianXpress— kanusarda (@sardakanu_TNIE) September 14, 2018
The former ISRO scientist expressed happiness over the Supreme Court's verdict. Rather than compensation, Nambi Narayanan is keen on taking action against the officials.
However, Narayanan refrained from commenting on the verdict for now. "I would respond to the verdict in detail, after going through the verdict," he said.
76-year-old Nambi Narayanan, while functioning as a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation, was arrested on November 30, 1994. Later, Narayanan told the court that the entire probe in the ISRO case was found to be "malicious" and the CBI had filed a closure report which was accepted by the magistrate.
The apex court was hearing the plea of the Narayanan who sought action against former DGP Siby Mathews and others who were part of the Special Investigation Team in Kerala in 1994, which had probed the case in which he was framed.
Kerala government had said that during the investigation, it has found no role could be attributed to the police officers for false implication.
The former ISRO scientist had filed an appeal against the judgement of the division bench of the Kerala High Court which had said no action needed to be taken against the police officials.
Later, he had approached the NHRC claiming compensation from the state government for the mental agony and torture suffered by him and had awarded an interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh in March 2001.