NEW DELHI: The supreme court on Friday awarded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to acquitted scientist Nambi Narayanan, 24 years after he was falsely arrested by the Kerala police in the sensational ISRO Espionage Case, and had to suffer jail term and ignominy.
Awarding the compensation, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud also directed the setting up of a Committee to inquire into the role of erring officials who Nambi Narayanan said had implicated him in the alleged Indian Space Research Organisation spy case.
The Committee would be headed by a retired judge and have a representative each from the Centre and the Kerala government.
"Arrest of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayan was needless and unnecessary,” said supreme court.
Earlier, Narayanan had approached the top court challenging a Kerala High Court judgment that had upheld the state government's decision not to take action against the officials who had falsely implicated the scientist in the case in the mid-90s, and requested to court to initiate criminal proceedings against three former police officers including Siby Mathews, KK Joshua and S Vijayan, for allegedly fabricating the espionage case.