Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran on Saturday came to the defence of Defence Minister A.K. Antony after a section of Congress leaders cast aspersions on the senior Congress leader’s alleged role in ousting the late K. Karunakaran from the Chief Minister’s post during the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) espionage scandal that rocked the State in 1994-95.

Speaking to presspersons here, Mr. Ramachandran ruled out any sort of probe into the espionage case which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had concluded that the allegations of espionage were false. The society had discussed these issues extensively earlier. There was no need for a fresh debate now, he said.

Replying to questions, he suspected whether the issue had been raked up suddenly with ulterior motives. There was no need to drag the name of Mr. Antony in these discussions. ‘‘Nobody can tarnish his image by dragging his name in these scandals. His was a unique personality,” Mr. Ramachandran said.