SC awards Rs 50 lakh compensation to ex-ISRO scientist Nambi in espionage case

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today ordered a high-level probe to put to task the erring cops for arresting and causing “tremendous harassment” and “immeasurable anguish” to ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in the 1994 espionage case and asked the Kerala Government to pay Rs 50 lakh to him as a compensation for undergoing “immense humiliation”.

Terming the police action against 76-year old former scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as “psycho-pathological treatment”, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said his “liberty and dignity”, basic to his human rights, were jeopardised as he was taken into custody and, eventually, despite all the glory of the past, was compelled to face “cynical abhorrence”.

“There can be no scintilla of doubt that the appellant, a successful scientist having national reputation, has been compelled to undergo immense humiliation. The lackadaisical attitude of the State police to arrest anyone and put him in police custody has made the appellant to suffer the ignominy. (AGENCIES)