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Verdict on former Indian Space Research Organisation scientist’s plea reserved

New Delhi, July 11: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition by former ISRO senior scientist, S. Nambi Narayanan, seeking probe for being allegedly falsely implicated in an espionage case by the Kerala Police and other agencies. Nambi Narayanan had moved the top court callegnging the Kerala High Court judgment upholding the state government’s decision not to take action against the officials who had falsely implicated him in the case.

Reserving the order, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked all the parties including the petitioner, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and others to file their written submissions within a week. During the course of the hearing, the bench indicated to the CBI that it may be asked to pay compensation to the scientist. However, Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, who appeared for the investigating agency, wondered how can CBI be asked to pay compensation when there wasn’t even a single allegation against the investigating agency. The Kerala government had decided against the recommendation by the probe agency to take action against the officers allegedly involved in the framing of Nambi Narayanan and a single judge bench of the Kerala High Court ruled against the decision. The single judge’s order was however reversed by the division bench. (IANS)