The apex court of India has compensated former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist Nambi Narayanan, who was arrested 24 years ago on charges of spying, with 5 million Indian rupees. The Supreme Court of India has also formed a committee headed by a retired judge to inquire into the role of Kerala police officials in the arrest of Narayanan.
"Arrest of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayan was needless and unnecessary," the court said while giving the judgment.
I am yet to see the judgement. All I know is that Rs 50 lakh will be given as compensation and a judicial inquiry will be conducted: ISRO scientist Nambi Narayan pic.twitter.com/HKWxkhyz6w— ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2018
Earlier this year, on the occasion of the release of his book on the alleged spy case, scientist Nambi Narayanan alleged that there American and European agencies were clearly interested in scuttling the Indian purchase of space technology from Russia.
"There were forces which wanted to scuttle this. An investigation should be done to find out who fabricated the alleged espionage case and who all colluded with it," Narayanan told Sputnik.