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SC awards Narayanan Rs 50 lakh compensation in ISRO case

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday awarded Rs 50 lakh compensation to former ISRO S. who was falsely implicated in an espionage case and had to suffer jail term and ignominy.

Awarding the compensation, a bench of Dipak Misra, Justice and Justice also directed the setting up of a committee to inquire into the role of erring officials who Narayanan said had implicated him in the alleged (ISRO) case.

The committee would be headed by a retired and have a each from the Centre and the government.

The court verdict has come on a plea by Narayanan seeking a probe into the false case hurled by the Police and other agencies.

Narayanan had moved the top court challenging a High Court judgment that upheld the state government's decision not to take action against the officials who falsely implicated the in the case in the mid-90s.

The 'erring' officials include then of Police Siby Mathews and then Deputy Superintendents of Police K.K. Joshua and S. Vijayan.

The ISRO case surfaced in 1994 when Narayanan on charges of espionage along with another top of ISRO, two Maldivian women and a

The CBI cleared him in 1995 and since then he has been fighting a legal battle against Siby Mathews and the other officials who probed the case.

Narayanan approached the apex court after a bench dismissed a single bench order that directed the to take action against three retired police officers who had implicated and arrested him.

Reacting to the verdict, the veteran space scientist, who spent 50 days in jail, said he hoped the committee will finish the job in three to six months.

"This is a long fought case or rather a judicial war. Today's verdict is better than before. Let the committee come out with the conspiracy behind all this. With this verdict, the police officials should realise that they cannot escape the actions of what they do," he said.

Mathew and Vijayan refused to comment on the apex court verdict.



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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 16:00 IST