EX­ISRO chief sum­moned in An­tri­devas case

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTNATION - Press Trust of In­dia

NEW DELHI: A spe­cial court on Satur­day sum­moned for­mer ISRO chair­man G Mad­ha­van Nair and oth­ers as ac­cused in the An­trixdevas deal case.

Spe­cial judge Viren­der Ku­mar Goyal di­rected Nair, A Bhaskar Narayana Rao, the then di­rec­tor in ISRO, KR Srid­har Murthy, the then ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of An­trix, for­mer ad­di­tional sec­re­tary in the depart­ment of space (DOS) Veena S Rao and oth­ers to ap­pear be­fore the court here on De­cem­ber 23.

The court passed the di­rec­tions af­ter tak­ing cog­ni­sance of the CBI charge sheet filed in the mat­ter.

The probe agency had on Au­gust 11 last year filed a charge sheet against the ac­cused, al­leg­ing they had caused a loss of ₹578 crore to the ex­che­quer by abus­ing their of­fi­cial po­si­tion to favour a pri­vate com­pany.

The case re­lates to leas­ing of S-band, a re­stricted wave­length of the INSAT satel­lites to de­liver video, mul­ti­me­dia and in­for­ma­tion ser­vices to mo­bile re­ceivers and phones to Devas Mul­ti­me­dia.

FIR­ING IN ARNIA Mean­whiler, a day af­ter killing a Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) jawan and in­jur­ing a civil­ian, Pak­istani Rangers opened heavy fire on six to eight In­dian posts along the bor­der in Arnia sub­sec­tor of RS Pura in Jammu district on the in­ter­ven­ing night of Fri­day and Satur­day.

The BSF re­sponded in equal mea­sure, its Jammu fron­tier DIG Dhar­mender Pa­reekh said. “From mid night till Satur­day morn­ing there were ex­changes of fire and shelling in Arnia sec­tor in area of 6 to 8 bor­der out­posts of BSF,” DIG Pa­reekh said.

The fir­ing stopped at 6.45am and no loss of hu­man life or in­juries to any­one was re­ported, he added.

But, an Arnia po­lice sta­tion of­fi­cer said Pak­istan resorted to in­dis­crim­i­nate fir­ing with small and heavy weapons at Sai, Treva and Jabowal for­ward posts.

He said three cat­tle died, three oth­ers were in­jured and three houses and a tem­ple were dam­aged in the fir­ing.

Arnia tehsil­dar has or­dered clo­sure of schools com­ing within 5km range of bor­der.

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