State to pay Rs.10 lakh to former ISRO scientist

Special Correspondent
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The State Cabinet on Wednesday directed the payment of Rs.10 lakh to former Scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Nambi Narayanan as damages for being falsely implicated in the ISRO espionage case in 1994.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media after the Cabinet meeting that the government was ordering immediate release of the interim compensation awarded by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the background of criticism that the government was delaying the payment.

Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said the government would examine the circumstances under which the government had withdrawn action, recommended by the CBI, against police officers who had implicated Mr. Narayanan. (The government had challenged the award of compensation ordered by the NHRC in 2001 before the High Court; but the court upheld the award in an order last month. The espionage case was first investigated by the Kerala police and then handed over to the CBI. The CBI found that no espionage had taken place as alleged. Following his acquittal in the case, Mr. Narayanan moved NHRC for compensation.)

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