Indian scientist compensated for harassment over baseless spying allegations

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NEW DELHI, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — India’s Supreme Court said Friday that former scientist at country’s space research organisation S Nambi Narayanan was unnecessarily harassed on the allegations of spying by police in 1994.

The apex court ordered a compensation of 69,806 U.S. dollars (5 million INR) be paid to the former scientist in damages.

“Nambi Narayanan was arrested unnecessarily harassed and subjected to mental cruelty,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.

Meanwhile, the court has asked a former Supreme Court judge D K Jain to investigate allegations levelled by Narayanan against Kerala police officers.

Narayanan, the former scientist at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), had petitioned the court saying he had been illegally detained and tortured in spying scandal by police in Kerala.

During his tenure at ISRO, Narayanan was in charge of the cryogenics division when police arrested him in 1994. He was charged with leaking vital defence secrets to two alleged Maldivian intelligence officers.

Narayanan spent 50 days in jail.

However, the India’s premier investigating agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which took over the probe from the Kerala police in 1996, said the case against Nambi Narayanan was baseless and closed it.

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