Madhavan Nair picks holes in ISRO report
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 05, 2012, 15:16
Bangalore: Picking holes in the high-level team report that indicted him in the Antrix-Devas deal, former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair today said it had "inconsistencies and inaccuracies" and attacked the Department of Space headed by his successor K Radhakrishnan for "cowardice" in releasing only "convinent portions".

"The convenient portions they have picked up and put it in public domain. This is totally unfair. When you publish a report, it should be in totality," Nair told PTI a day after DOS released two key reports based on which he and three other scientists were barred from holding any government position.

The DoS last night made public the report of the high power review committee (HPRC) made up of B K Chaturvedi and Prof Roddam Narasimha and (only) conclusions and recommendations of the five-member high-level team (HLT), headed by former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha.

HPRC went into various aspects of the scrapped Antrix-Devas agreement while HLT was set up to examine the deal and identify acts of omission and commission on part of officials.

Nair said there are a "lot of inconsistencies and inaccuracies" in the HLT report. "This shows that it is not a fair deal meted out to the entire team (of four scientists).

Terming the HLT findings as "very serious allegations," he wondered why no explanation was sought from the people concerned and a formal inquiry conducted. "This has not happened. This is what is puzzling me," Nair said.

"If the Department is so much convinced that so many atrocities have been committed, they should order an enquiry and get to the root of the issue," he said. "This (HLT report) is...I will imagine is the feelings of one or two individuals of the committee rather than the actual findings," Nair said in an indirect reference to Radhakrishnan, who is also part of the five-member HLT.


First Published: Sunday, February 05, 2012, 14:36

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