Antrix-Devas deal: ISRO chief Nair, 3 others indicted

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Bangalore, Feb 5: The country's top space body-appointed committee have decided to indict the former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair and three other senior scientists, who were barred from holding government posts.

Pratyush Sinha, former chief vigilance commissioner prepared a report for the Antrix-Devas Deal, in which he stated that the report lacked transparency and action should be taken against Nair, A Bhaskaranarayana, K R Sridhara Murthi and K N Shankara.

The five member team appointed for the Antrix-Devas deal claimed in its report that "there have not only been serious administrative and procedural lapses but also suggestion of collusive behaviour on the part of certain individuals and accordingly, responsibilities have to be fixed for taking action".

It said "the approval process (for the deal) was riddled with incomplete and inaccurate information given to the union cabinet and the Space Commission".

However, the agreement was signed on Jan, 28, 2005, "this fact was not disclosed to the Space Commission or in the Cabinet note dated November 27, 2005, in which approval was sought for the launch of GSAT 6, one of the satellites to be build under the agreement".

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