At last Justice was served to Nambi Narayan, who was accused of selling the country’s rocket technology to enemies. The Supreme Court observed that the arrest of former ISRO scientist, Nambi Narayanan was a clear setback for faction-ridden Congress in Kerala and CPI(M)-led state government that forcefully followed the case.
The SC even ordered a judicial commission to probe into the role of Kerala police in this matter and asked the state government to give Rs 50 lakh as compensation to the scientist.
Nambi Narayana headed the cryogenic division of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) when he was arrested in 1994.
In the Kerala politics history, no other case can match the alleged spy scandal for the outburst it created for the past 25 years and it seems to continue the heat for some more time.
The SC decision to constitute a judicial commission to investigate on the matter sets a floodlit of politicking on the matter.
The case was not a mere political game played by so called politicians of Kerala. But, the case delayed country’s ambitious cryogenic engine development programme meant to deploy heavy satellites in orbit.
In late 1970s, Narayanan had introduced liquid fuel propulsion technology in the country under the guidance of his senior APJ Abdul Kalam. However, Abdul Kalam reached heights. While the world that Nambi Narayanan dreamt crashed when he was arrested along with one of his co-scientist D Sasikumar on charges of allegedly selling space secrets to two semi-literate Maldivian women in 1994.
Earlier, Nambi Narayana said, “When humiliation was heaped from all sides at one point I thought of ending my life. But later I thought I shouldn’t go down as a traitor. I lived my life for the truth to emerge.”
The incident had affected the political career of Karunakaran and even had soar effect on former PM PV Narasimha Rao and his son Prabhakara Rao. Later, Karunakaran was forced to quit and he came back to the party few years before his death.
Immediately after the verdict, Padmaja Venugopal, the daughter of Karunakaran said that brains behind the conspiracy against her father was hatched by five political leaders and claimed that the roles played by these politicians will come out in course of the judicial probe. She added that she will reveal the names of those five political leaders if the commission calls her to depose before it.
K Muralidharan, the son of Karunakaran said, “Let the truth come out. My father did not get justice. Former PM Narasimha Rao cheated my father. He took undue haste in seeking his resignation.”
It is widely expected that this verdict can create tension in the state Congress and will raise many questions against senior leaders like AK Antony and Oommen Chandy. After the resignation of Karunakaran, AK Antony succeeded as the Chief Minister of Kerala.
MM Hassan, the acting president Congress Committee had admitted that two years ago that leaders like him really regret for leading a plot against the ‘Leader’, as Karunakaran was known in the state.
Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan, the Congress leader said, “It is preposterous to point accusing fingers at some leaders.” However, it is considered to be so close to Chandy. He refused to comment on the matter and said let Padmaja come out with the names of those political leaders.
It is very important to highlight one thing, then deputy inspector general of police, Raman Srivastava, whom Karunakaran vehemently defended and was attacked for doing so, is the current police advisor to Pinarayi Vijayan government.
Let’s wait and see what is yet to come out.