The high courtroom constituted a committee headed by retired SC choose DK Jain and sought a report on proposed motion to be taken in opposition to the delinquent official of state police and IB. This committee submitted its report back to the SC in a sealed cowl not too long ago

By Abraham Thomas

PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 05:21 PM IST

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down the Centre’s plea for taking over on Tuesday a report by a committee headed by a retired apex courtroom choose which probed the conspiracy behind framing former Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) scientist Nambi Narayanan in an alleged espionage case in 2014.

The Supreme Court had in September 2018 directed the state authorities to award 50 lakh as compensation to Narayanan for his wrongful incarceration, malicious prosecution and humiliation suffered by him for being dragged in a false case by Kerala Police and state Intelligence bureau officers. The high courtroom constituted a committee headed by retired SC choose DK Jain and sought a report on proposed motion to be taken in opposition to the delinquent official of state police and IB. This committee submitted its report back to the SC in a sealed cowl not too long ago.

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Seeking pressing itemizing of the matter, the Centre, led by solictor common Tushar Mehta, talked about the case for pressing itemizing on Tuesday earlier than a three-judge bench headed by CJI SA Bobde. Mehta stated the case entails a critical difficulty because the 79-year outdated scientist, who’s a former Padma Bhushan awardee, was humiliated and tortured in a false case over alleged leak of secret labeled info to enemy international locations. The CBI, which probed the case, discovered the allegation false and a trial courtroom acquitted Narayanan of great cost underneath Official Secrets Act in 1998.

The SC bench stated, “We understand the importance of the case but there is no urgency.” The courtroom directed the matter to be listed subsequent week.

The pressing mentioning by Centre has evoked some anxiousness as Kerala goes to polls on Tuesday. The case in opposition to Narayanan was filed by the Congress authorities within the early 1990s. In its probe, the CBI discovered {that a} false case was concocted by the state police and named three officers of Kerala Police — former DGP Siby Mathews, and retired superintendents of police KK Joshua and S Vijayan. In addition, the courtroom additionally discovered fault with then IB deputy director RB Shreekumar.

After his acquittal, Narayanan had approached Kerala excessive courtroom for compensation. The similar was denied following which he approached the apex courtroom. The Justice Jain Committee additionally comprised a consultant every of Centre and Kerala authorities. The contents of the report are usually not often known as the identical had been filed in a sealed cowl.

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