The Supreme Court on Friday granted compensation of Rs 50 lakh to former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan, who was implicated in a fabricated ISRO spy case, noting that his arrest in the 1994 alleged spy scandal was “needless and unnecessary”.
The highest court also formed a three-member committee headed by retired SC judge DK Jain to inquire into the role of Kerala police officers in the arrest and torture of the scientist. KK Joshua, Sibi Mathews and S Vijayan were the officers from whom the compensation will be sourced.
Nambi Narayanan had in his petition sought compensation and criminal action against the police officials of the state for allegedly for implicating him in a spying case.
Nambi Narayanan had challenged the judgment of the Division Bench of the High Court of Kerala, which upheld the decision of the Kerala Government to drop disciplinary proceedings against the officials.
Narayanan is among the six accused in the case. The case was later handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. In its final report to the chief judicial magistrate in April 1996, the CBI said there was lack of evidence to substantiate the charges.
Later, all the six accused were acquitted by a division bench of the Kerala High Court. The court had said there was no need to take action against the former director general of police and two retired Superintendent