ISRO spy case: Legal advice to recover compensation amount from officials
Thiruvananthapuram: The government has received a legal advice to recover the compensation of Rs 50 lakh given to former scientist Nambi Narayanan in connection with the ISRO espionage case, from the concerned officers. Law secretary B. G. Hareendranath also recommended the government to register civil case against the police officers who investigated the case.
The cabinet had appointed the law secretary to check whether the amount spent from the government treasury can be recovered from the officials who made lapses. Following this, the law secretary recommended the chief secretary the other day, that civil case can be registered against the retired officers. The cabinet will take a final decision in this regard.
It is noted in the legal advice that the amount can be recovered from the former DGP Siby Mathews, former SPs K. K. Joshua and S. Vijayan, the then special investigation team members, home secretary, crime branch chief and the officers who ordered reinvestigation.
The Supreme Court had appointed a committee headed by Justice D. K. Jain to find out the officials who trapped Nambi Narayanan and suggest legal actions. It also directed to charge case against those whom the committee finds guilty and to recover the amount from them too.
The apex court had ordered in September to give a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to Nambi Narayanan. After one month, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan handed over the amount to Nambi Narayanan in a ceremony held at Durbar Hall of the Secretariat.