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Chaturvedi committee submits report on Antrix-Devas deal to PM

The high-powered Chaturvedi committee to review the controversial Antrix-Devas deal submitted its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.



New Delhi: The high-powered Chaturvedi
committee to review the controversial Antrix-Devas deal on Saturday
submitted its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Singh has asked Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekar
to examine the report submitted by the committee comprising B
K Chaturvedi and Roddam Narsimha and make recommendations on
the follow-up action within 15 days.
"The Cabinet Secretary has been asked to submit his
recommendations within 15 days," a PMO statement said.

The Cabinet Committee on Security, at a meeting on
February 17, had recommended scrapping of the controversial
deal under which ISRO`s commercial arm Antrix had agreed to
lease 90 per cent of scarce S-band space segment capacity on
two satellites to private firm Devas for 12 years.
As per the CCS recommendation, Devas, which has
former ISRO employees on its top management, was served a
termination notice on February 25.

The CCS had cited requirement of the scarce space
segment for strategic purposes, including for use of defence,
para-military forces, railways and other public utility
services.

PTI

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