New Delhi: Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan on Thursday said that he had informed the then Prime Minister in 1994 that the United States was part of the conspiracy to frame him in the 1994 espionage case. He further added that he was asked not to go public with the information as it would damage the India-US ties.
This statement was part of the submission made by the scientist before the Thiruvananthapuram Principal District and Sessions Judge P Krishnakumar who was hearing the anticipatory bail plea of former Kerala DGP Siby Mathews’.
CBI has registered a case against Mathews and 17 other people including Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers for fabricating evidence to falsely implicate Narayanan in the spy case.
On the same day, Mariyam Rasheeda and Fouziyya Hassan, the Maldivian women who were arrested in 1994 in the espionage case moved the Kerala High Court against the anticipatory bail plea granted to ex-police officers who arrested them. The two women were arrested with Narayanan.
The duo have said that the plea of former police officers S Vijayan and Thampi S Durga Dutt “contains false contentions”.
Vijayan and Durga Dutt have been booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on charges of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, and fabrication of evidence, under the Indian Penal Code,
On July 7, the CBI had also opposed the plea of the two former police officials stating that they were involved in fabricating the cases against Narayanan.
Vijayan and Dutt were part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which arrested the scientist and the two women.
The apex court on April 15 ordered that the reports of the high-level committee that was formed to investigate the role of police officers in the espionage case be given to the CBI.
It also asked the CBI to conduct further investigation on the cases.
The three-member committee, headed by former apex court judge Justice (retd) D K Jain, was appointed by the top court in 2018 after acquitting Narayanan in the case.
The Supreme Court had also directed the Kerala government to pay Rs 50 lakh as compensation for compelling Narayanan to undergo “immense humiliation”.
The espionage case pertained to allegations of transfer of certain confidential documents on India’s space programme to foreign countries by two scientists and four others, including two Maldivian women.
The CBI, in its probe at that time, had held that top police officials in Kerala were responsible for Narayanan’s illegal arrest.
The case also had a political fallout, with a section in Congress targeting the then Chief Minister late K Karunakaran over the issue, that eventually led to his resignation.
With Inputs From PTI