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ISRO spy case: Supreme Court to hear former scientist's plea on Feb 24

The Supreme Court will on Friday hear the plea of a former ISRO scientist, discharged in an espionage case, seeking action against former DGP Siby Mathews and others who were part of SIT which had probed the matter.

PTI, New Delhi [Published on:21 Feb 2017, 12:31 PM IST]
File pic - Former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan
File pic - Former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan

The Supreme Court will on Friday hear the plea of a former ISRO scientist, discharged in an espionage case, seeking action against former DGP Siby Mathews and others who were part of SIT which had probed the matter. 

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar posted the appeal, filed against the judgement of the division bench of the Kerala High Court, for hearing on February 24. 

The High Court had said that no action was required to be taken against the former DGP and two retired Superintendents of Police, K K Joshua and S Vijayan, who were held responsible by CBI for his illegal arrest. 

The 76-year-old former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan said the division bench of the high court had "failed to appreciate the real undercurrent that passed through the mind of the apex court, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the single judge of the high court in their verdict and on untenable reasons, quashed the order of the single judge". 

The apex court had in 1998 granted compensation of Rs one lakh to Narayanan and others who were discharged in the case and directed the state government to pay the amount. 

Later, Narayanan had approached NHRC claiming compensation against the state government for mental agony and torture suffered by him. The NHRC, after hearing both sides and taking into account the apex court judgement of April 29, 1998 awarded an interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh on March 14, 2001. 

Challenging the legality of the high court's division bench order, Narayanan said it was "bad in law" and sought interim stay contending that "the illegality in the judgement impugned, if allowed to perpetuate, would only encourage the unlawful action and mindset on the part of the Kerala police to harass innocent persons for extraneous considerations. 

"And unless action as suggested by the CBI is immediately taken, (possibly under the provisions of Section 195 of the IPC if for any justifiable reason departmental action could not be taken), the innocent public would suffer at the hands of the Police." 

Narayanan said it was hence "appropriate that the impugned judgement of March 4, 2015 of the High Court of Kerala... is stayed and the State Government initiate action as deemed necessary during the pendency of this SLP."

 

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