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Orders against me malicious: Madhavan Nair

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G. Madhavan Nair, Former ISRO Chief, is keen in taking the RTI route to know the reasons for blacklisting him.
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G. Madhavan Nair, Former ISRO Chief, is keen in taking the RTI route to know the reasons for blacklisting him.

: The former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), G. Madhavan Nair, on Monday filed an application before the Ernakulam Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) challenging the order of the Director, Department of Space, that he be divested of any current assignment or consultancy with the government and organisation and also not be re-employed, or given any important role in any committee or in any government or government bodies.

Mr. Nair also challenged the order issued by the Union government terminating his appointment as Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor under the Department of Space.

In his application, Mr. Nair said the agreement between Antrix and Devas was signed in January 28, 2005. It had provided for safeguarding the interest of the ISRO. In fact, the Cabinet had been apprised about the agreements and the programmes. The proposal and programme were approved by the Cabinet in December 2005. But the proposed satellite had not been launched as yet. The legal position was that the contract was “frustrated” and overt action by the government to annul or cancel the contract was superfluous.

He said the high-power committee headed by B.K. Chaturvedi, Planning Commission member, concluded that the concern regarding spectrum having been sold cheap under the agreement had no basis. It was of the view that the space spectrum was not comparable to terrestrial spectrum and Devas was required to obtain licence from either the Department of Telecommunication or Information and Broadcasting for providing service to customers and would be obliged to pay charges to be determined by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Besides, the committee noted that the Space Commission had been given full power in carrying out its affairs.

However, a high-level team headed by the former Central Vigilance Commissioner, Pratyush Sinha, was constituted to go into the issue afresh. In fact, it was not known under whose authority the two committees had been constituted. In fact, the constitution of the committee was irregular. It had no backing of any statutory provision and it was beyond the administrative power of the government.

Mr. Nair alleged that he had not been given any opportunity to be heard by the high-level committee though he had asked for such an opportunity. All of a sudden, it had been reported in the media that he and three other senior officers who worked in the Space Department should be excluded from re-employment, committee role or any other important role under the government. The high-level committee, he said, had violated the principles of natural justice.

Mr. Nair said he had never deviated from any procedure which the Department of Space, the ISRO and Antrix had been following for decades. He pointed out that the orders had damaged his reputation as an individual and as a scientist. The termination of his appointment as a professor had offended the rules of fair play. He had reasons to believe that the orders were issued with malice. The act of the applicant and other officers in concluding the agreement with Devas was not in any way tainted. There was no justification for the finding of the high-level committee and the action proposed against him. It was to tarnish the applicant that the high-level panel was formed to probe the very same matter into which another committee had probed. The committee had not even cared to consider the documents submitted by him. The Central Civil Service Pension Rules, 1972 did not authorise the Space Commission to issue an order against him.

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No doubt Nair was a brilliant scientist; he appears to be a more
brilliant manipulator too. Once Napoleon was asked to honor a British
spy who helped the French; his answer was "I can never honor a traitor"

from:  Abdul Jabbar
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 23:17 IST

The reports emanating from the press is getting murkier and confusing. The PM should tell the nation in no uncertain terms what the whole truth is qbout. Why is the PM silent even on important matters. Is the PMO's office authorised to tell the nation the truth. The press is churning out stories and the way it appears the Government does not want to come clean. In as much as your esteemed has never been compromising the truth we expect your paper to analyse the situation and tell us the quintessence truth.

from:  Subramanian
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 23:09 IST

It is Very Hard to Digest, that GMN, would have done this, As he has been Leading ISRO from front and many accolades has been achieved by him, I do not agree to the charges leveled against him, and GMN should prove his innocent, By Declaring all his assent and have CBI Probed.

It will be a National Shame, and wrong precedence for levelling such a charge on former ISRO chief and Youth will be demotivated, and all the Good name earned by him is on Toss, The government should take all necessary precaution and see from all angles, As this has happened in 2004, which time the rates would have been okay, But due to Growth and inflation, all prices have gone up minimum three times.

So Goverment should see from all angles and ensure that all records are examined and right thing should done.

from:  S Venkatesh
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 19:50 IST

Who is running the PMO? The dealmakers inside makes the decision on behalf of Dr. Manmohan. Congress should realise how bad an image this sends out to the public after the long list of corrupted deals in the last few years.

from:  Jacob
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 19:22 IST
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