1994 ISRO spying case: Allegations against Nambi Narayanan false, part of ‘international conspiracy’, says CBI

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The Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI) has claimed that the claims of espionage brought against aerospace scientist Nambi Narayanan are bogus and were a part of a larger “international plot” years after the 1994 ISRO spying case made news.

Nambi Narayanan was arrested in the espionage case of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), according to reports; however, the CBI claimed that the detention was illegal because the charges against him were false during a hearing at the Kerala High Court about the issue.

Prior to his arrest, Narayanan was a well-known liquid propellant engine scientist at ISRO, India’s space agency. After being falsely accused of espionage, he was taken into custody. The CBI has additionally declared that it will make a case diary public in order to demonstrate how Nambi’s incarceration was connected to a global plot.

This occurs at the same time as the CBI is fighting to prevent anticipatory bail from being granted to individuals under investigation for allegedly framing Nambi Narayanan in the 1994 ISRO espionage case before the Kerala High Court.

Around twenty years ago, Nambi Narayanan, a renowned scientist for ISRO, was implicated in a spying case against the organisation and accused of passing Pakistani cryogenic engine technology through a Maldivian citizen.

Despite being exonerated by the CBI court and the Supreme Court in 1998, Narayanan nevertheless had to spend about 50 days in jail alongside his ISRO coworker D. Sasikumar and four other suspects.

The rocket scientist also penned a number of books on the spying accusations he had to deal with, claiming that a plot was formed against him and ISRO in coordination with the US Central Investigation Agency (CIA), which wished to stall India’s space development.

In addition, Nambi said that two Intelligence Bureau (IB) personnel had pressured him to identify his ISRO supervisor in the case and, when he refused, had tortured him inside the prison until he collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital.

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