The anticipatory bail given to four accused officials in the ISRO conspiracy and evidence fabrication case against scientist Nambi Narayanan was revoked by the Supreme Court on Friday.
New Delhi: The anticipatory bail given to four accused officials in the ISRO conspiracy and evidence fabrication case against scientist Nambi Narayanan was revoked by the Supreme Court on Friday. The top court has urged the Kerala High Court to hear the arguments for anticipatory bail. The court granted protection from arrest for a period of five weeks, allowing the official to move the high court for bail.
Former Kerala DGP Siby Mathews, former Gujarat ADGP RB Sreekumar, and three other people are among the accused in the case. Mathews was one of the suspects in the 1994 conspiracy against Nambi Narayanan, an Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientist.
A number of pleas by the CBI challenging the anticipatory bail given to retired police officials suspected of participating in a conspiracy in an espionage case in 1994 were reserved for rulings by the Supreme Court on November 28.
If the case is sent to the High Court, senior advocate Kapil Sibal has asked the court to keep one of the petitioners from being arrested.
The ex-Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala, Siby Mathews, was granted anticipatory bail by the Karnataka High Court in November, and the CBI challenged that decision in the Supreme Court.
Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist at ISRO, was wrongly accused of spying in 1994 in an espionage case and charged with sending secret information about India’s space programme to other nations.
Besides Narayanan, officials had also accused five others who were involved in transferring technology to other countries, including another Isro scientist and two Maldivian women.