ISRO SPY CASE
By Sandeep nagyaan · 15 Sep 2018
Former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan was awarded compensation of Rs 50 lakh by the Supreme Court Friday for the “ignominy” and “immense humiliation” he suffered. Twenty four years after he was arrested by Kerala police on an espionage charge.The bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud set up a committee headed by one of its former judges to “find out ways and means to take appropriate steps against the erring.The SC held that Narayanan’s right to life was infringed on by wrongful arrest and torture and ruled that the compensation be paid in eight weeks.
Background of this case:- In 1994, Narayanan was falsely charged with leaking vital defence secrets to two alleged Maldivian intelligence officers, Mariam Rasheeda and Fauzia Hassan. Nambi Narayanan was arrested on November 30, 1994 and the investigation was handed over to the CBI on December 4, 1994. Next step in this case:- The proposed committee will be headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice (retired) D K Jain. Both the Centre and state can nominate a member each to the committee. Referring to the harm caused to the scientist’s reputation because of the case.
Highlight:- The Supreme Court said that the “reputation of an individual is an insegregable facet of his right to life with dignity”, fundamental to Article 21.