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Antrix-Devas deal: CPI(M) for impartial probe

The CPI(M) Monday demanded an independent and impartial enquiry into the S-band spectrum deal between ISRO firm Antrix and private firm Devas.



New Delhi: The CPI(M) Monday demanded an
independent and impartial enquiry into the S-band spectrum deal between ISRO firm Antrix and private firm Devas, saying
senior scientists should not be pronounced guilty on the basis
of only a government report.

"What is required is an independent and impartial
enquiry. To pronounce senior scientists guilty only on the
basis of one government report is not correct," party
Politburo member Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.

The party had earlier demanded an independent time-bound
high-level enquiry by a retired judge of the Supreme Court, following an expose on the S-band spectrum deal involving Antrix and Devas Multimedia.

Through this agreement, the private firm was to get access to high quality spectrum of 70 MHz through the
launching of two custom-made satellites. The presumptive loss
of revenue to the government would have been at least Rs two
lakh crore, reports had said.

Former ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair, who along with
three of his colleagues, has been found allegedly guilty in
two government reports, has said he was awaiting some
favourable response from the Prime Minister to revoke the
blacklist.
He has maintained that he and his former colleagues were
victims of a "systematic witch-hunt".

PTI

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