The former scientist of the ISRO, Nambi Narayanan had said that the former Chief Minister of Kerala, K. Karunakaran died of injustice. “Why was Karunakaran, a freedom fighter been branded as anti-national by his detractors?” Narayan asked. While speaking at the Meet the Press programme at Kesari Memorial Trust, Narayanan said that he had strong suspicion that there was political reason behind the ISRO Spy Case.
It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had recently cleared Narayanan’s name in the ISRO Spy Case. Stating that he had to undergo untold misery and suffering during the time he had spent in jail, Narayanan said that it was not at all a spy case. “It was not a spy scandal at all. Those who plotted the story are little clever. This is just a fabricated case. They found out that I had sold an yet to be created cryogenic technology to an enemy country. How is it possible to sell something when it was never there?”, he made a sarcastic snide.
Meanwhile, agency report, IANS, quoting Narayanan, said that he had fought the case for so long, only to clear his name and tell the world that he was not a spy. He said that from the first day since the case came up, the scientist was convinced that it was not at a case of espionage and that he was not a spy. He expressed his happiness at the SC verdict.
On September 14, 2018, the Apex Court awarded the scientist Rs.50 lakh compensation for the humiliation and suffering he had to undergo after being incarcerated by Kerala Police. Furthermore, the SC had also ordered to form a committee led by a former SC Judge, DK Jain in order to investigate the role of the officials who implicated Nambi Narayanan, the then IGP Siby Mathews and then Deputy Superintendents of Police K.K. Joshua and S. Vijayan. “It is for Mathews to answer all the questions as he was the head of the Special Investigation Team. About four years back, he and his wife met me. I never made this public but the media found it out.” The scientist also added that he was jailed and tortured and underwent untold misery and suffering.
Narayanan said that while a section of the media believed there was no spy case, another section wrote concocted stories out of ignorance. The CBI cleared Nambi Narayanan in 1995 and he resumed his work in ISRO till his retirement. The scientist also added that a film based on his real life incident will be made in English, Hindi and Tamil with actor Madhavan in the lead.