THE CASE THAT WASN’T

India Today - - NATION -

Two decades af­ter he was falsely booked for spy­ing, Nambinarayanan still awaits jus­tice

1994 Po­lice ar­rest S. Nambinarayanan and D. Sasiku­maran from Thiruvananthapuram for leak­ing se­crets to two Mal­di­vian women.

1994 Ker­ala forms SIT un­der DIG Siby Mathews for probe. Thiruvananthapuram IB team headed by Joint Di­rec­tor Mathew John, who was as­sisted by Deputy Di­rec­tor R.B. Sreeku­mar, helped SIT.

1995 Nambinarayanan is out on bail af­ter spend­ing 50 days in jail. CBI takes over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the state’s re­quest.

1996 CBI finds the case false and rec­om­mends ac­tion against the IB and po­lice of­fi­cials. Er­naku­lam court lets off all the ac­cused.

1996 New LDF gov­ern­ment in Ker­ala or­ders rein­ves­ti­ga­tion of the case.

1998 Supreme Court can­cels rein­ves­ti­ga­tion and up­holds the court de­ci­sion.

1999 The NDA gov­ern­ment’s home min­istry chargesheets nine IB of­fi­cials. Ker­ala re­jects ac­tion against its SIT.

2000 The min­istry ac­cepts the IB of­fi­cers’ ex­pla­na­tion and closes file.

2004 The UPA gov­ern­ment or­ders another probe by K.M. Singh, di­rec­tor gen­eral, CISF.

2005 Singh’s re­port ex­on­er­ates all the nine IB of­fi­cials.

2012 The Oom­men Chandy gov­ern­ment drops all charges against the SIT of­fi­cials.

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