Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan at present informed a courtroom right here that he had knowledgeable the then Prime Minister that the US was additionally concerned within the conspiracy to implicate him within the 1994 espionage case, however was requested to not publicise it in order to not spoil the nation’s relations with that authorities.
The submission was made earlier than the Principal District and Classes Decide P Krishnakumar throughout the listening to of an anticipatory bail plea by former Kerala DGP Siby Mathews in a case registered by CBI towards him and 17 different law enforcement officials for varied offences.
These embody prison conspiracy and kidnapping and fabrication of proof, beneath the IPC, in reference to the arrest and detention of Mr Narayanan within the espionage case.
In addition to Mr Narayanan, the courtroom heard arguments on behalf of the 2 Maldives nationals — Mariyam Rasheeda and Fousiya Hasan — who had been additionally arrested within the spy case together with the scientist and have now sought Rs 2 crore as damages from every of the 18 officers named in CBI’s case.
All three have opposed grant of any aid to Siby Mathews.
The 2 ladies, represented by advocate Prasad Gandhi, have alleged that they suffered psychological and bodily torture in addition to financial loss whereas they had been imprisoned right here for greater than three years within the espionage case.
They’ve additionally alleged that they had been illegally arrested and saved in detention for the “private, financial, official and political mileage” of the officers and the then central authorities.
The allegations had been refuted by Siby Mathews, represented by advocate V Ajakumar, who informed the courtroom that Mr Narayanan and the ladies had been arrested attributable to strain of IB officers.
After listening to the arguments, which remained inconclusive, the courtroom known as for the case diaries of CBI on its preliminary probe into the case and its current probe into the alleged conspiracy by Kerala Police and IB officers, in addition to the report of the committee headed by Justice (retd) D Okay Jain, arrange by the Supreme Court docket to look into your complete matter.
The courtroom listed the matter for listening to on July 16.
In his anticipatory bail plea, Siby Mathews has additionally claimed instances beneath the Foreigners Act and the Official Secrets and techniques Act had been registered towards Mariyam Rasheeda primarily based on the data acquired from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Analysis and Evaluation Wing (R&AW) that she had “undesirable connections with some ISRO scientists and her actions had been prejudicial to curiosity and safety of India”.
The Supreme Court docket had on April 15 ordered that the report of a high-level committee on the function of erring police officers within the espionage case referring to Mr Narayanan be given to the CBI and directed the company to conduct additional investigation into the difficulty.
The three-member committee, headed by former Supreme Court docket decide Justice (retd) D Okay Jain, was appointed by the highest courtroom in 2018 after acquitting Mr Narayanan within the case.
The Supreme Court docket had additionally directed the Kerala authorities to pay Rs 50 lakh as compensation for compelling Mr Narayanan to bear “immense humiliation”.
The espionage case, which had hit the headlines then, pertained to allegations of switch of sure confidential paperwork on India’s area programme to international nations by two scientists and 4 others, together with two Maldivian ladies.
The CBI, in its probe again then, had held that the then high police officers in Kerala had been answerable for Mr Narayanan’s unlawful arrest.
The case additionally had a political fallout, with a bit within the Congress concentrating on the then Chief Minister late Okay Karunakaran over the difficulty, that finally led to his resignation.
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