Seeks action against police officers involved

Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said here on Saturday that there was substance in the allegation by K. Muraleedharan, Congress leader and son of the former Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, that the alleged ISRO spy case was cooked up to topple the then Karunakaran-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government.

“The media played a major role in the case. I was a trade union leader in ISRO during that time. The State government should take a decision on the action to be taken against the three senior police officers who had investigated the case and arraigned ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan and a few others as accused. Those charged with espionage were also brutally tortured,” he told mediapersons on the sidelines of a function here.

Answering a question on reported attempts to keep the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation out of the Kochi Metro Rail project, Mr Ravi called upon Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to initiate measures to begin work on the project at the earliest. The people’s will should be taken into consideration while selecting the agency to implement the project. All pending issues should be sorted out at the earliest, he said.

To a question on the controversy over the alleged statement by Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju that the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) decided on the happenings in Kerala, he said the comment was made at an IUML party meeting. “A deliberate move was on to give communal colour to such issues and this did not augur well for Kerala.” He blamed the media for going overboard on many issues and making them controversies. “Fifty per cent of the controversies were media creations,” he said.

Asked about the launch of Air Kerala service, Mr. Ravi said the expertise of retired employees of Air India could be used for this.