SC: ‘No Need For A Court Monitored Probe’ In ISRO Eavesdropping Case; Dissolves Jain Committee

According to Live Law, the Supreme Court emphasised on Monday that the committee report on the personnel involved in the erroneous arrest of former Indian Space Research Organisation scientist Nambi Narayanan in an espionage case in 1994 can not be used as the only basis for prosecuting them.

The Central Bureau of Investigation must collect materials independently to proceed against the accused, according to a bench consisting of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna.

After reviewing a report filed by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice D.K. Jain Committee, a FIR has been filed against some former Kerala Police officials who allegedly framed space scientist Nambi Narayanan in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) espionage case of 1994.

The CBI should not let the committee report influence the inquiry, according to the court. The CBI investigation should not be influenced by the committee report, according to the bench ruling, and it should gather its own evidence.

The court also stated in its judgement that the accused will be free to seek any legal remedies, which will be considered by the courts concerned on the merits and in line with the law.

The CBI’s Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, told the bench that the court had restricted publication of the DK Jain report in its April 15 decision. Mehta then requested permission to upload the FIR during the day, which contains the gist of the report.

In response to the request, the court stated, “The earlier judgement only directed the CBI to ensure that the committee’s report should not be made public.” “Now that the CBI has finally chosen to pursue the matter, the next actions will be done in accordance with the law following the filing of the FIR, and no further instructions are required.”

The court also decided to dissolve the committee when Additional Solicitor General SV stated that the government would be obligated to pay the panel’s wages and allowances. The bench stated, “We appreciate the efforts made by the members of the committee, notably the chairman.”

Former Kerala Director General of Police Siby Mathews, police officials S Vijayan and Thampi S Durga, and others charged in the case have previously filed bail pleas with the court. They were accused of plotting a conspiracy to frame former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan and others in the ISRO espionage case. They were granted anticipatory bail today by the Kerala High Court.

Former police officers were granted provisional anticipatory bail for two weeks by a bench of Justice Ashok Menon, who executed a bond for Rs.50,000 with two solvent sureties for the same sum if the CBI arrested the petitioners. The petitioners were also given instructions to cooperate with the investigation. The interim order instructing the CBI not to arrest P.S. Jayaprakash, a former Central Intelligence Officer and the 11th accused in the case, was also extended by the court.

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