Today, the Supreme Court held that former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan was “arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty” in a 1994 espionage case. The court furthered ordered for a probe into the roles played by Kerala police officers behind the brutal harassment towards Nambi Narayanan.
As a compensation to the former ISRO scientist, a bench headed by CJI Deepak Misra awarded Rs.50 lakh for being subjected to mental cruelty in the case.
In addition, a three-member panel headed by its former judge D K Jain was formed to probe the reason for Narayanan being framed in the spy case.
Earlier, Narayanan had approached the apex court against the verdict of Kerala HC which rejected the necessity to take action against the former DGP and two retired superintendents of police, K K Joshua and S Vijayan. Later, it was found that these retired superintends held responsible by the CBI for the illegal arrest of the scientist.
In 1998, as compensation the apex court granted Rs.1 lakh to Narayanan and others, who all were discharged in the case. Then, the court directed the state government to pay the amount.
Later, Narayanan approached NHRC claiming compensation from the state government for the mental tortures he had to suffer.
In March 2001, considering the judgement of apex court, NHRC awarded him interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh.