Nair demands fresh probe into Antrix-Devas deal
Bangalore: The ISRO row has intensified with
its former chief G Madhavan Nair writing to the PMO to order
an enquiry into the reasons behind the annulment of the
controversial Antrix-Devas deal and the procedure followed, in
a fresh salvo at his successor K Radhakrishnan.
"I have addressed a detailed letter," Nair told PTI here.
"They have made certain charges that I have put a least
penalty clause (in the contract)... defence requirements were
not met etc, etc... these points ... point by point I have
explained to them".
He said he addressed the letter to the Minister in the
Prime Minister`s Office, V Narayanasamy, mainly because he has
been making statements based on official inputs. "So I thought
he (Narayanasamy) should know there is something beyond
official reports. That`s the whole purpose (of writing letter
The two-member committee of BK Chaturvedi and Roddam
Narasimha reviewed the technical, commercial, procedural and
financial aspects of the Antrix-Devas agreement and their
report said concerns of cheap selling of spectrum to Devas
have no basis whatsoever.
But a five-member high-level team, chaired by Pratyush
Sinha, which examined the deal and identified acts of omission
and commission by government officials, found "... not only
serious administrative and procedural lapses but also
suggestion of collusive behaviour on the part of certain
The Sinha-panel concluded that the four former ISRO
scientists, including Nair, were responsible for various acts
Last month, on the basis on these two reports, Nair and
the other three scientists were black-listed from holding any
Nair at the time charged ISRO chairman Radhakrishnan, who
is also Space Commission Chairman and Secretary in the
Department of Space, with "witch-hunting" and "vendetta" and
of misleading the government on the deal.
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