THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan presented a cheque for Rs 50 lakh compensation to Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) former cryogenic division head S Nambi Narayanan, who was given a clean chit in the 1994 spy case.
“We should salute his determination. There is a lot to learn from the Supreme Court verdict, especially for those who are dealing with such issues. So the government wants to award the compensation in a public function,” said Pinarayi Vijayan while addressing the event held at the Darbar hall.
The apex court had on September 14 ordered a probe into the role of the Kerala police in the case and awarded Rs 50 lakh as compensation to Narayanan, directing the state government to pay it within eight weeks.
“I lived all these years for justice. I thank the state government for organizing such a function,” said Narayanan.
State Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan, Industries Minister E P Jayarajan and Chief Secretary Tom Jose were among those present at the function.
Narayanan had introduced liquid fuel propulsion technology in the country in the late 1970s while his senior APJ Abdul Kalam was heading the solid propulsion system. While Kalam rose to greater heights and eventually became the president of the country in 2002, Narayanan's world crashed when he was arrested along with fellow scientist D Sasikumar for allegedly selling space secrets to two Maldivian women in 1994.
Narayanan had to spend close to two months in jail before the CBI concluded the allegations against him were false. The state police first investigated the case and later handed over to the CBI.
The scientist had moved the Supreme Court against the Kerala High Court order, which said no action was required to be taken against former DGP Siby Mathews and two retired superintendents of police K K Joshua and S Vijayan.
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