BJP MP Rajeev Chandrashekar demands Padma awards for former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan

New Delhi | Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekar in a letter to the Union Government has demanded to felicitate former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan who was arrested in an alleged spy scandal with the prestigious Padma Awards

In a letter to the government, Chandrashekar wrote, “I request the Government of India to 1) To ensure that the process of justice is completed by pursuing those that are responsible and holding them to account; 2) To honour Narayanan’s struggle – by a Padma Award for a similar recognition by Government of India that recognizes eventual triumph of good over evil.”

Terming Narayanan’s arrest as an attempt to “terrorize the entire ISRO community” Chandrashekar further wrote, “Regretfully, this is not just a case of a person being falsely accused in a case as stated by the Supreme Court of India, it is also about a brilliant scientist being humiliated, subjected to third degree torture at the behest of some police officers, then apathetic government and its political conspiracy.”

Chandrashekar further wrote, “Nambi Narayanan was a senior scientist at the ISRO, in-charge of the cryogenics division, making rapid progress in the field of liquid technology – a key technology in rocket propulsion that is being deployed in GSLV. He was one of the chief architects of the ‘Vikas’ engine that is at the heart of India’s rockets, the same ones that made missions like Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan possible and which will be involved in many more space voyages in future,” the letter said.

“Vikram Sarabhai, the celebrated scientist and father of Indian Space, put his trust in Narayanan and sent him to Princeton University for higher studies on rocket propulsion,” he added.

Earlier the Supreme Court on September 14 termed the arrest of former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in an alleged Spy scandal as ‘needless and unnecessary’ and ordered a 50 lakh compensation to the scientist who was arrested in 1994 by the Kerala police.

Nambi Narayanan a pioneer in introducing the liquid fuel rocket technology in India in the early 1970s was charged with leaking vital defence secrets to two alleged Maldivian intelligence officers in 1994. The Kerala police accused that Nambi Narayanan and another scientist, D Sasikumaran had sold the secrets of ISRO in millions.

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