EXISRO chief summoned in Antridevas case
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.