Kerala govt hands over Rs 1.3 cr to former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government handed over Rs 1.3 crore as compensation to former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan who was falsely implicated in the 1994 espionage case. The compensation amount from head of the account under Kerala Police was handed over to him on Tuesday.
This compensation is in addition to the Rs 60 lakh provided by the government to Nambi Narayanan as per the Supreme Court order and the National Human Rights Commission.
Nambi Narayanan had filed a defamation case in Thiruvananthapuram sub-court after being named as accused in the ISRO espionage case. He continued his legal battle even after the probe was compeleted on the espionage case. Amidst this, the Supreme Court acquitted him from the case.
Following this, SC ordered the state government to give a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the former scientist. In 2018, the government handed over the compensation to him at a ceremony held in Darbar hall here. Following this, the National Human Rights Commission also demanded to give additional compensation of Rs 10 lakh to him.
Meanwhile, the government entrusted former chief secretary and incumbent IMG director K Jayakumar to settle the case filed by Nambi Narayanan. On the recommendations of Jayakumar, the government decided to approve the compensation of Rs 1.30 crore to the former scientist on July 14 to settle the defamation case.
Nambi Narayanan was arrested in the alleged espionage case in November 1994.
The former scientist was reportedly accused of selling vital Indian space technology secrets to Pakistan.
The Supreme Court had, however, cleared him of spy charges and termed his arrest as "needless" and "unnecessary.