EX-ISRO CHIEF SUM­MONED IN ANTRIX CASE

The Asian Age - - Nation -

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.

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