After nearly 23 years of struggling and making numerous rounds of courts, justice may or may not be served tomorrow for Nambi Narayanan, the ISRO (Indian Space and Research Organisation) scientist. Falsely accused of espionage in 1994, it was established that the case was falsified when the CBI released a closure report to the effect and stated that action should be taken against the police officials who fabricated charges against Mr. Narayanan.
In the meantime, Mr. Narayanan, who is currently 76 had spent 59 days in jail and was suspended for 18 months. The ISRO scientist was apparently accused of selling cryogenic technology whereas, India acquired the technology only in 2015. “This remains the biggest fallacy in the case,” says Mr. Naryanan’s counsel, C Unnikrishnan. Mr. Narayanan was the first project director for India’s cryogenic programme.
The case was initially investigated by Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Kerala Police headed by Sibi Matthews. Subsequently after 20 days, the case was handed over to the CBI. After investigating for a year and a half, the CBI filed a closure report concluding that it is a false case. This was a blow to the Kerala Police because their story was falsified. They instigated the government and issued a notification for further investigation by the Kerala Police. In the meantime, the closure report filed by CBI was accepted by the CBI court, Ernakulam.