ANTRIX-DEVAS: MADHAVAN NAIR SUM­MONED

Deccan Chronicle - - NATION -

New Delhi, Sept. 16: For­mer Isro chair­per­son G. Madhavan Nair was on Satur­day sum­moned as an ac­cused by a Delhi spe­cial court in the sen­sa­tional An­trixDevas deal case for al­legedly caus­ing a loss of `578 crore to the ex­che­quer.

Spe­cial Judge Viren­der Ku­mar Goyal took cog­ni­sance of the CBI charge sheet which al­leged that Nair and other of­fi­cials of In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Isro) and the Depart­ment of Space (DoS) wrong­fully leased out S-Band, a re­stricted wave­length of the In­sat satel­lites, to Devas Mul­ti­me­dia by Antrix.

The court took note of the probe re­port and is­sued sum­monses to Nair and oth­ers in­clud­ing A. Bhaskar Narayana Rao, the then di­rec­tor in Isro, K.R. Srid­har Murthy, the then ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Antrix, for­mer ad­di­tional sec­re­tary in the depart­ment of space Veena S. Rao and sought their pres­ence be­fore it on De­cem­ber 23.

The cog­ni­sance of the fi­nal probe re­port was taken after the agency ap­prised the court that it had se­cured the req­ui­site sanc­tion from the author­i­ties con­cerned to pros­e­cute the for­mer of­fi­cials of pre­mier space or­gan­i­sa­tions.

■ AN FIR was filed on March 16, 2015 against Nair and oth­ers ac­cus­ing them of fa­cil­i­tat­ing “wrong­ful” gain of `578 crore to pri­vate multi-me­dia com­pany Devas by Antrix.

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