ISRO spy case: Supreme Court says Nambi Narayanan harassed, orders Rs 50 lakh compensation

ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan. Photograph:( DNA )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 14, 2018, 11.57 AM (IST)

Supreme Court on Friday concluded that former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan was ''unnecessarily arrested, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty'' by Kerala police in ISRO spy case. 

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra also awarded Rs 50 lakh compensation to the 76-year-old. 

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, formed a three-member panel headed by its former judge D K Jain to probe Narayanan being framed in the spy case. 

Narayanan had approached the apex court against the judgement of the Kerala High Court, which said no action was required to be taken against the former DGP and two retired superintendents of police K K Joshua and S Vijayan, who were later held responsible by the CBI for the scientist's illegal arrest.

In 1998, the apex court granted compensation of Rs 1 lakh to Narayanan and others, who were discharged in the case, and directed the state government to pay the amount, according to PTI.

He later approached the NHRC claiming compensation from the state government for the mental agony and torture suffered by him. 

The NHRC, after hearing both sides and taking into account the apex court judgement of April 29, 1998, awarded him interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh in March 2001, the report added.