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Antrix-Devas deal case: Court grants bail to ex-DoS official

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A special court today granted to a former in (DoS) in the sensational Antrix-Devas deal case involving former ISRO G Madhavan Nair as an accused, in which a loss of Rs 578 crore was allegedly caused to the exchequer.

granted the relief to after she appeared before the court in pursuance to the summons issued against her and others on September 16 last year.

"Co-accused, who have put appearance, have already been granted In these circumstances, it is deemed just and proper to grant to accused Ms. on her furnishing personal bond in the sum of Rs 50,000, with two sureties of the like amount," the court said while granting exemption to Nair from personal appearance for the day.

The court posted the matter for further hearing on April 26 and directed the to hand over certain documents, filed along with the charge sheet, to the accused persons who have been granted bail in the case.

Earlier, the had informed the court that two accused -- a former of Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd, M G Chandrasekhar and Ramachandran Viswanathan -- could not be served summons as they had settled in the US and the process was still on to execute the summons to them.

It had on December 23 taken a strict view over Rao's non-appearance on the ground that she had a meeting with the "She (Rao) should be careful about her decisions...Since it is her first appearance after the summons, she is exempted," the had said.

On December 23, the court had granted bail to Nair and other co-accused persons -- including A Bhaskar Narayana Rao, the then in ISRO and K R Sridhar Murthy, the then of -- after they appeared before the court in pursuance to the summons issued against them on September 16.

The court had summoned Nair and others as accused while taking cognisance of the charge sheet which alleged that the and other officials of (ISRO) and the (DoS) had wrongfully leased out S-Band, a restricted wavelength of the INSAT satellites, to Devas Multimedia by

The cognisance of the final probe report was taken after the CBI had apprised the court that it had secured the sanction from the authorities concerned to prosecute the former officials of premier space organisations.

The FIR was filed on March 16, 2015 against Nair and others accusing them of facilitating "wrongful" gain of Rs 578 crore to private multimedia company Devas by Antrix, the commercial arm of ISRO.

The probe agency had on August 11 last year filed a charge sheet against the accused, alleging they had caused a loss of Rs 578 crore to the exchequer by abusing their official position to favour a private company.

The case relates to leasing of S-Band, a restricted wavelength of the INSAT satellites to deliver video, multimedia and information services to mobile receivers in vehicles and to Devas Multimedia by

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 18:05 IST