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Updated: May 17, 2012 23:35 IST

Centre: Nair given due chance

P. Sunderarajan
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The Centre on Thursday reiterated that the former Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman, G. Madhavan Nair, was given “due and adequate chance” to put forth his views on the issue of irregularities in the Antrix-Devas deal.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, V. Narayanasamy said the High-Level Team that went into the deal had provided opportunity to Dr. Nair for a personal hearing. “Further, the former Chairman of the ISRO followed it up with a letter to the Chairman [of the team]” he noted.

Mr. Narayanasamy also said that the team, chaired by former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha, had sought detailed clarifications from all officers who had at any in point dealt with the files concerning the agreement.

It was based on the findings of the team that Dr. Nair and three other former scientists of the ISRO had been barred from re-employment, or taking up any committee or other role under the government.

Besides Mr. Sinha, the team comprised Secretaries of Departments of Space (K. Radhakrishnan), Telecommunication (R. Chandrasekhar) and Expenditure (Sumit Bose).

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The filth, stench and uttler lack of statesmanship from the PMO is unbearable. The swift and curt justice meted out to Mr Nair stands in stark contrast to actions against corrupt politicians and IAS officers who have a lot more to answer for. Mr. Nair may well be "guilty as charged" or "innocent" but the manner in which we have treated him disregarding decades of service to the nation and also the other 3 who were blacklisted is a national shame.
It would have been fair to give him the full benefit of doubt, given his contribution to our nation to allow him clarify in the most legal, open and transparent manner (in full public view) dispelling all doubts and then have sanctioned him as also the three others. This would have only strengthened the faith of the common man in the impartial and factual nature of Mr. Nair's condemnation. It is a sad day for many patriots who love our country unconditonally.

from:  Deepak
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 07:16 IST

The allegations are horrendous. CAG's findings are grave. The lapses are
unpardonable. The acts of omission and commission are incredible. The absence of
supervision is deplorable. And, the so-called punitive action is laughable.

from:  Soundararajan Srinivasa
Posted on: May 18, 2012 at 04:02 IST
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