BJP Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar appealed to the Central government to honour ex-ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) scientist Nambi Narayanan with a Padma Award or a similar recognition. He was arrested in 1994 over an alleged spy scandal.
Mr. Chandrasekhar wrote in a letter that “I request the Government of India to 1) To ensure that the process of justice is completed by pursuing those that are responsible and holding them to account; 2) To honour Narayanan’s struggle – by a Padma Award for a similar recognition by Government of India that recognizes eventual triumph of good over evil.”
BJP Minister continued that the arrest of Scientist Narayanan had “the entire ISRO community.”
The letter continues reading, “Regretfully, this is not just a case of a person being falsely accused in a case as stated by the Supreme Court of India, it is also about a brilliant scientist being humiliated, subjected to third degree torture at the behest of some police officers, then apathetic government and its political conspiracy.”
“Nambi Narayanan was a senior scientist at the ISRO, in-charge of the cryogenics division, making rapid progress in the field of liquid technology – a key technology in rocket propulsion that is being deployed in GSLV. He was one of the chief architects of the ‘Vikas’ engine that is at the heart of India’s rockets, the same ones that made missions like Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan possible and which will be involved in many more space voyages in future,” added the letter.
BJP Minister stated, “Vikram Sarabhai, the celebrated scientist, and father of Indian Space, put his trust in Narayanan and sent him to Princeton University for higher studies on rocket propulsion.”
Mr. Narayanan alleged for selling vital Indian space technology secrets to Pakistan, was arrested in 1994 with a charge of espionage. Over 50days he was then kept in the police custody.
Supreme Court on 14th September cleared him of all spy charges and termed his arrest as “unnecessary” and “needless”. It further introduced committee setting that would be headed by retired SC judge DK Jain to investigate over the functions of Kerala Policemen in the arrest of Scientist Narayanan.
Kerala government was ordered by Supreme Court to pay compensation of Rs. 50 lakh to the ISRO scientist and state government decided to pay the compensation on September 27.