Isro spy case too old to book police for ‘framing': Government to HC

KOCHI: The Kerala government has decided not to proceed legally against police officials who probed Isro spy case of 1994 as it's too old, the government has informed the Kerala high court.

The government's stance was clarified in an affidavit filed by the home department in response to a petition filed by former Isro scientist Nambi Narayanan.

Nambi Narayanan had questioned the state government's decision not to proceed legally against the police officers who were found by CBI to have 'framed' the scientist. Nambi Narayanan was booked on charges of engaging in espionage at Isro, where he was working, in 1994, but was later given a clean chit by CBI and discharged of the charges by a chief judicial magistrate court in 1996.

Though the CBI had suggested legal action against the officers of Kerala police who were responsible for the illegal arrest, the state government didn't take any action, the petitioner had alleged. Though CBI's findings were later upheld by the Supreme Court, the state government decided on June 29 last year that no inquiry is required against the officials, the petition had stated.