SC says arrest of scientist in ISRO spy case 'unnecessary'; orders probe, Rs 50 lakh compensation

The Supreme Court on Friday held that former Indian Space Research Organisation scientist Nambi Narayanan was “arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty” in a 1994 espionage case and ordered a probe into the role of Kerala police officers. 

  • Published 14.09.18
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Nambi Narayanan. File Picture

New Delhi, Sept. 14 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday held that former Indian Space Research Organisation scientist Nambi Narayanan was “arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty” in a 1994 espionage case and ordered a probe into the role of Kerala police officers. 

A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra awarded compensation of Rs 50 lakh to 76-year-old Narayanan for being subjected to mental cruelty.

Narayanan had approached the apex court to appeal against the judgment of the Kerala High Court, which had said no action was required to be taken against the former Director General of Police and two retired superintendents of police K.K. Joshua and S. Vijayan, who were later held responsible by the CBI for the scientist's illegal arrest.

In 1998, the apex court granted compensation of Rs 1 lakh to Narayanan and others, who were named in the case, and directed the state government to pay the amount.

He later approached the National Human Rights Commission claiming compensation from the state government for the mental agony and torture suffered by him.

The NHRC, after hearing both sides and taking into account the apex court judgment of April 29, 1998, had awarded him interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh in March 2001.

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