Bangalore: "It`s like ISRO edifice crumbling" is how a senior scientist termed the turn of events involving four of its fraternity in the scrapped Antrix-Devas deal and outbursts of the space agency`s former chief G Madhavan Nair against his successor K Radhakrishnan.
Reflecting a sense of disquiet, senior ISRO scientists, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was a sad episode and the space agency`s image has certainly taken a severe beating.
"It`s like whatever work we have done over the years...it`s shattered in one moment", a scientist said. "It`s worse than a couple of mission failures."
Nair and three other retired ISRO scientists have been barred from holding any government posts, present or future, in a damning government action on the controversial deal about allocation of scarce S-band space segment to private firm Devas.
Nair, architect of India`s first moon mission, has blamed current ISRO Chairman Radhakrishnan for the action, accusing him of misleading the government and pursuing a "personal agenda".
There is palpable disquiet among senior ISRO scientists following the turn of events.
"I have no idea at all. I have nothing to do with it," former ISRO Chairman U R Rao told PTI when asked for his reaction on the action against Nair and three others.
Radhakrishnan has chosen not to react to Nair`s attack on him.
A source close to Radhakrishnan claimed the ISRO Chairman is unfazed and "believes he has not done anything wrong and remains unperturbed by the affected party giving vent to their feelings".