1. No ground for bringing up the case: ISRO’s G Madhavan Nair on Antrix-Devas deal

No ground for bringing up the case: ISRO’s G Madhavan Nair on Antrix-Devas deal

Former ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair, who has been named as an accused in the Antrix-Devas deal, today said he failed to understand on what basis the case has been filed.

By: | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: August 11, 2016 9:48 PM
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The CBI had yesterday filed a charge sheet in the Antrix-Devas deal case naming ex-ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair and other senior officials who have been accused of facilitating “wrongful” gain of Rs 578 crore to private multi-media company Devas by Antrix, the commercial arm of ISRO. (File photo)

Former ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair, who has been named as an accused in the Antrix-Devas deal, today said he failed to understand on what basis the case has been filed.

“Actually I do not know on what basis the case been filed and the specific charges on the issue that has come up,” he told PTI here when asked for his reaction on CBI filing a charge sheet naming him as an accused in the deal.

He said earlier, two committees–B K Charturvedi and Pratyush Sinha– inquired into the matter and came to the conclusion that “there is no loss to the government or any spectrum sale has taken place.”

But, in spite of that, punishment was given to four scientists at that time, Nair said.

“Now, after four years, on the same issue, how the case has been again brought in the court is not understandable,” he said.

It was also a fact that Devas deal was challenged in an international tribunal which came to the conclusion that the government was misled at that time and action taken was totally illegal, he said.

It had also slapped nearly USD one billion on Antrix, he added.

The CBI had yesterday filed a charge sheet in the Antrix-Devas deal case naming ex-ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair and other senior officials who have been accused of facilitating “wrongful” gain of Rs 578 crore to private multi-media company Devas by Antrix, the commercial arm of ISRO.

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