Our officials not involved in Devas deal: ISRO

ISRO has said none of its official or anyone from Antrix Corporation or Space department was involved in the decision to lease precious S-band spectrum to Devas Multimedia at a throw away price.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 15:13 PM IST

New Delhi: Indian Space Research
Organisation has said none of its official or anyone from
Antrix Corporation or Space department was involved in the
decision to lease precious S-band spectrum to Devas Multimedia
at a throw away price in a controversial satellite deal which
has been since annulled by the Centre.

The ISRO, which came under criticism over the deal that
could have caused a huge loss to the exchequer, also refused
to make public the contract which its commercial arm Antrix
Corporation Limited had signed with Devas Multimedia in
January 2005.
The space organisation said in response to an RTI query
seeking names of officials, who were party to decision making
for the deal that "none of the officials of Department of
Space/Indian Space Research Organisation were involved in the
decision making process regarding allocation of S-band
spectrum to Devas Multimedia."

The applicant had also sought to know from the ISRO file
notings of the deal signed by Devas Multimedia way back in
2005. The space organisation did not provide the notings
saying, "the contract was prepared and finalised by mutual
discussions between the parties. The interactions were
basically in the form of technical presentations in line with
the international practice."
The space organisation said in response to an RTI query
seeking names of officials, who were party to decision making
for the deal that "none of the officials of Department of
Space/Indian Space Research Organisation were involved in the
decision making process regarding allocation of S-band
spectrum to Devas Multimedia."

The applicant had also sought to know from the ISRO file
notings of the deal signed by Devas Multimedia way back in
2005. The space organisation did not provide the notings
saying, "the contract was prepared and finalised by mutual
discussions between the parties. The interactions were
basically in the form of technical presentations in line with
the international practice."