Terms charges raised by Nambi Narayanan baseless

The State government, on Monday, informed the Kerala High Court that the allegation of Nambi Narayanan, former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist, that he and other accused were ill-treated by the State police in a espionage case was baseless.

The government made the submission during the hearing of a petition filed by Mr. Narayanan for initiating criminal cases against Siby Mathews, the then Deputy Inspector General (Crime) and now State Chief Information Commissioner; the then Circle Inspector (Special Branch), S. Vijayan; and the then Superintendent of Police K.K. Joshua, who had investigated the ISRO espionage case.

In an affidavit, Chief Secretary E.K. Bharat Bhushan said the government had decided not to take action against them.

The file containing the recommendation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for action against the officers for “unprofessional conduct” was closed. The State said that no courts had issued any direction to take action.

The affidavit said the police officers had retired from service and they had proven track records and credible service careers. They had discharged their duties in accordance with the law. The allegation of custodial violence was only imaginary and not supported by any evidence.

The affidavit said the government was not satisfied by the CBI’s recommendations. The State was not bound to act on the report of the agency, which had forwarded to the government the recommendation, along with a covering letter dated June 3, 1996, signed by Sharad Kumar, its Deputy Inspector General, who was not part of the investigation.

The unsigned report was forwarded with the conclusion that the facts were being brought to the notice of the competent authority for their kind consideration and for such action deemed fit. There was no recommendation in the report.

The petitioner had no grievance that he was mentally or physically tortured by the special investigation team when he was produced before the court, the affidavit added.


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