EX-ISRO CHIEF SUMMONED IN ANTRIX CASE
New Delhi: Former Isro chairperson G. Madhavan Nair was on Saturday summoned as an accused by a Delhi special court in the sensational Antrix-Devas 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 Mr Nair and other officials of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Department of Space (DoS) wrongfully leased out SBand, 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 (DoS) 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 former officials.