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‘Nambi Narayanan playing the martyr to cover up his own tracks in ISRO spy case’ (IANS Interview) – New Delhi News

“Nambi Narayanan was a key figure in the failed operation to illegally transport cryogenic rocket technology from Glavkosmos (a subsidiary of the Russian State Space Corporation Roscomos) to ISRO using clandestine methods under a 1991 agreement between Glavkosmos and ISRO that was cancelled by Russia in 1993 invoking a force majeure,” Nair instructed IANS in an interview.

“The operation was jointly planned by ISRO top brass and an influential section in Glavkosmos. The operation was illegal because the 1991 agreement meant to transfer the cryogenic technology was cancelled and the new agreement signed in 1994 January had no clause for technology transfer,” Nair stated.

Glavkosmos, in accordance to him, agreed to provide the materials however was not prepared for door-to- door supply. Nambi Narayanan contacted Air India nevertheless it refused to carry the materials with out correct paperwork. Nambi Narayanan then contacted Ural Airlines “who agreed to take the risk”.

“Though there are five airports in Moscow (where Glavkosmos is located), airlifting the material from any of these airports, hoodwinking the US eyes, was unthinkable. So the material was transported to Tashkent in Uzbekistan by road travelling more than 3,300 km and from there airlifted to ISRO. It is reliably learnt that Nambi Narayanan was on the first Ural flight,” Nair stated.

“Nambi Narayanan doesn’t want these pieces of information (that ISRO had planned an illegal operation and he was a crucial player in it) to become public. Though he had approached different legal forums nearly ten times, never did he pray that the entire matter surrounding the espionage case be proved. Moreover, when a PIL was filed before the Kerala High court for a judicial enquiry into the espionage case, he fought against it.

“He needs solely that a lot fact that will preserve him afloat in his protected zone to come to the floor and would not need the complete matter (as an example, who planted the false and baseless spy story and why) to attain the public area,” Nair maintained.

The ISRO spy case, which hit the headlines in 1994, centred around allegations of transfer of cryogenic technology and confidential documents on India’s space programme to a foreign country by two scientists (including Nambi Narayanan) and four others, including two Maldivian women. Nambi Narayanan was eventually discharged after a laborious process, awarded compensation of Rs. 50 lakhs by the Supreme Court but accepted Rs.1 crore as an out-of-court settlement from the Kerala government on a Rs 1 crore suit of damages he had sought, and was awarded a Padma Bhushan in 2019.

“As the public gropes in the darkish about the essence of the ISRO espionage case, a re-analysis of the case is crucial to see afresh why the espionage story cropped up. It is most important to re-learn the textual content of the ISRO espionage case by paperwork, information, and prudence, and never by the projection of people as the good, the dangerous and the ugly,” Nair writes in the book, ‘Classified – Hidden Truths In the ISRO Spy Story’ (Srishti).

The media, in general, he said during the interview, has not discussed the meat of the matter: What was the espionage case and how could IB and Kerala Police say that certain persons in ISRO had leaked cryogenic technology to a foreign country using two semi-literate Maldivian women at a time (1994) when ISRO didn’t have the technology?

“No journalist bothered to examine with ISRO whether or not they had the cryogenic expertise in 1994. Instead, media homes despatched journalists to the Maldives to accumulate details about the two Maldivian ladies and filed sleazy tales on them. All the accused had been introduced as morally corrupt individuals when morality had nothing to do with the espionage case,” Nair said.

After the CBI had concluded in 1996 that the case was false and baseless, nobody, not even CBI, asked “how the absurd spy story got here from nowhere and why the Director of IB had directed the Kerala Police to register a case underneath the Indian Official Secrets Act”, Nair said

“Nobody, not even the CBI requested why was Ural Airlines carrying materials to ISRO from Glavkosmos and why the transportation got here to an abrupt finish in the wake of the espionage story (if the transportation was authorized).

“Nobody (not even the judiciary) asked the pertinent questions how a case could be filed under the Indian Official Secrets Act without ISRO or the central government filing a written complaint as is unambiguously made clear in Section 13(3) and (5) of the Act,” Nair contended.

Instead, he stated, the media had been hailing the cops who did an unlawful act of registering a case underneath the IOS Act and airing the absurd story that cryogenic rocket expertise had been leaked to a overseas nation at a time when ISRO did not have the expertise.

“Now, when the situation changed, the same media are hailing the old villains as the new heroes and the old heroes are the new villains. So, Nambi Narayanan and other accused are the new heroes; the Kerala Police officers and IB officials are villains. Their discussions are around individuals and are not focused on the central matter.

“The espionage case is a techno-authorized matter. It was by no means mentioned in that approach. It was all the time mentioned from the viewpoint of individuals; not from the POV of information,” Nair maintained.

“That is why the case remains to be complicated. My ebook makes an attempt to do a publish mortem of the case from the techno-authorized angle strictly based mostly on information, paperwork, and information,” he added.

ISRO and the Indian government, Nair writes in the book, “want to inform the folks to what extent the misfired ‘patriotic’ journey has price ISRO in phrases of cash, particularly when the enterprise from the house market is predicted to contact $558 billion by 2026 and up to $1.75 trillion by 2040.

“It is high time ISRO and the government of India come clean on the matter. If both parties confirm this operation (under the 1991 agreement) was in the interest of the nation and hence need to be treated as brave acts of patriotism’, a different picture would emerge.

“But then, one wants to deconstruct the very idea of patriotism,” Nair concludes the book.

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