Make reports of committees on the deal public: Madhavan Nair

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G Madhavan Nair
Bangalore, Jan 31: Former ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair on Monday favoured making reports public of two committees and a high-level team on the controversial Antrix-Devas deal.

"There is nothing related to defence or anything. So, better to put the whole document into public domain", Nair, who along with three other scientists has been  barred from holding any government posts on the basis of the two reports, told PTI.

An internal committee under B N Suresh reviewed the deal. Last year, a high-powered committee, comprising B K Chaturvedi and Roddam Narasimha, reviewed the technical, commercial, procedural and financial aspects of the agreement.

Later in 2011, a five-member high-level team headed by former Central Vigilance Commissioner, Pratyush Sinha, examined the deal and identified acts of omission and commission by government officials.

Meanwhile, Nair expressed confidence that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would revoke the order against him and the three other scientists. Nair said he told the Prime Minister in a letter that the order amounts to tarnishing the image of the reputed scientists.

He said the normal procedure is to give individuals an opportunity to explain if any panel comes out with any findings against them.

"If the explanation is not satisfactory, then only action is to be taken. It (the order) is a clear violation of procedures", he had said in the letter to the Prime Minister.
Nair said he is confident of a positive response from the Prime Minister. "I know him very well. I (as Secretary in the Department of Space) had the opportunity to work with him for almost six years. He has always been positive. I have great confidence that he will take right decision".

Asked if he is confident that the order would be revoked, he said: "Entire nation is supporting the idea. It (revoking of the order) should happen".

PTI

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