ISRO conspiracy case: CBI moves SC seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail of accused

B Balagopal / Mathrubhumi News

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) approached the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to the accused, including R B Sreekumar, former deputy director of Intelligence Bureau, in the ISRO espionage conspiracy case.

The CBI also requested the apex court to cancel the anticipatory bail of other accused S Vijayan, Thambi S Durgadath and P S Jayaprakash. The CBI officials also made it clear that the accused should be interrogated in custody in order get more details related to the case that gained nationwide attention.

The CBI has stated in a petition filed in the top court that serious allegations have been levelled against the accused, including R B Sreekumar. If the accused are out on bail, it will affect the progress of the case. Many witnesses refused to give statements, the CBI stated in the plea.

Scientist Nambi Narayanan had told the CBI officials that R B Sreekumar knew him since he was a commandant in the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC). As Nambi Narayanan refused to consider Sreekumar's request to give job to his relative, he had issues with the former, according to a statement given by Nambi Narayanan.

Nambi Narayanan had also told the probe team led by CBI DySP Sunil Singh Rawat that Sreekumar had threatened him that he would regret in future. The CBI is of the opinion that Sreekumar should be quizzed to prove this.

R B Sreekumar is the seventh accused in the conspiracy case. S Vijayan is the first accused, Thambi S Durgadath is the second accused and P S Jayaprakash is the 11th accused. Solicitor General Thushar Mehta and additional solicitor general S V Raju appeared in the court on behalf of CBI.

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