ISRO espionage case: CBI files chargesheet against five former cops for conspiring to frame Nambi Narayanan

The charge sheet names five former police officers, including two ex-Directors General of Police, for allegedly conspiring to falsely implicate Narayanan in the espionage case.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 10, 2024 | 11:18 PM Updated Jul 10, 2024 | 11:18 PM

ISRO espionage case: CBI files chargesheet against five former cops for conspiring to frame Nambi Narayanan

In a significant revelation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet exposing the fabrication of an espionage case against renowned space scientist Nambi Narayanan back in 1994.

The charge sheet names five former police officers, including two ex-Directors General of Police, for allegedly conspiring to falsely implicate Narayanan in selling secrets of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) cryogenics program to spy agents.

The allegations, which led to Narayanan’s arrest and subsequent acquittal in 1995, have been debunked as baseless, stemming from physical torture and falsified documents.

The Supreme Court, in April 2021, directed the CBI to probe the wrongful arrest of Narayanan in the case. The order was based on a report filed by a three-member committee led by retired Judge DK Jain.

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‘Believed truth would prevail’

Following this directive, the central probe agency began its investigation into the matter.

In response to these developments, Narayanan expressed relief, stating, “I always believed the truth would prevail. I had no involvement with Mariyam Rasheeda or any wrongdoing. My struggle has been to bring the real culprits to justice.”

Narayanan and six others were accused of selling secrets pertaining to the ISRO’s cryogenics program to women who were allegedly spying for Russia, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and other countries.

The fabricated case against Narayanan had significant repercussions for the scientist and the nation’s space program.

The false allegations disrupted his work and tarnished his reputation, prompting widespread outrage and calls for justice.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)

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