The former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) G. Madhavan Nair said here on Thursday that he had left ISRO one-and-a-half years ago and “cannot comment on anything that has happened after that.” Mr. Madhavan Nair told this to The Hindu when asked about the controversy over the S-band deal between ISRO's commercial arm, Antrix Corporation, and Devas Multimedia Private Ltd. Asked whether he agreed with the view that grant of transponder was tantamount to allocation of spectrum, as these were observed to work at specific frequency levels, Mr. Madhavan Nair said “the new [ISRO] Chairman has to answer and he has given a press release also”.

Stating that he would not comment further on the issue, Mr. Madhavan Nair said the “matter is being considered at the government level and the present Secretary [Department of Space] should be able to answer about that.”