Kochi: Upping the ante, former ISRO chairman
G Madhavan Nair on Monday moved the Central Administrative
Tribunal here, challenging the government`s decision to bar
him from holding government posts for his alleged role in the
controversial Antrix-Devas deal and seeking its quashing.
In a petition, Nair sought quashing of chapter 6 of the
September 2, 2011, report of the high-level team constituted
by the government to examine the facts and circumstances of
agreement between Antrix and Devas Multi Media Private Ltd.
Nair, who is peeved at the government action, sought
quashing of the January 13 order excluding him from right for
re-employment, committee roles or any other important role
under government and its bodies and divesting him of any
current assignment with government and its organisations.
He was also aggrieved by the January 13 order, terminating
his appointment as Dr Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor
and sought a direction to the government for his reinstatement
till the expiry of his four-year term. In the alternative,
he sought adequate compensation.
Nair submitted that after his retirement, his successor
(incumbent Radhakrishnan) had taken up the matter with the
government and pursued it allegedly on the basis of an
internal review, suggesting that the agreement with `Devas`
was `heavily loaded` in favour of the company.
The three government orders had `damaged` his reputation
as an individual and status as a scientist, especially when he
had associated with the Department of Space from its
inception, he said, adding, they had been issued with
`substantial amount of malice`.
The orders were against the principles of fair play and
natural justice and are ab initio void and incompetent for
want of jurisdiction and authority, he submitted.