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Chacko wants CBI to question Antony, Chandy in ISRO spy case

Prime News, National (Thiruvananthapuram), April 16:- Former top Congress leader P.C. Chacko on Friday asked the CBI, which has been ordered by the Supreme Court to reinvestigate the ISRO spy case, to first question A.K. Antony and Oommen Chandy.

Chacko recently quit the Congress and rejoined the NCP and was seen campaigning for the Left in Kerala.

He shared the campaign space with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and was seen slamming the Congress leadership here.

Chacko was wanting to contest the Assembly polls, but after failing to get a seat decided to leave the Congress.

The apex court gave the orders after it had in 2018 appointed a three-member committee headed by retired SC judge D.K. Jain to probe if there was a conspiracy among the then police officials to falsely implicate Narayanan.

On Thursday, the apex court which went through the report ordered the CBI to conduct a new probe and it can treat the Jain panel’s report as the preliminary document. The Supreme Court asked the CBI to submit its report in three months.

“If the CBI is really serious to do an impartial probe, then it should first question Antony and Chandy. This ISRO spy case was one of the worst ever thing that the Congress party had to undergo. Never was the ISRO scientist, S. Nambi Narayanan, the target. K.Karunakaran has told me everything on how he was attacked in the case,” said Chacko.

“These leaders (Antony and Chandy) could never take on Karunakaran directly and instead this case was used by the A faction of the Congress party to take on Karunakaran, while the infighting in the Kerala Police was also used by the police, especially Siby Mathew,” added Chacko.

The ISRO spy case surfaced in 1994 when Narayanan was arrested on charges of espionage along with another senior official of ISRO, two Maldivian women and a businessman.

The CBI cleared him in 1995 and since then he has been fighting a legal battle against the then top police official Siby Mathews and the other officials which include S. Vijayan and K.K. Joshua who probed the case and implicated Narayanan. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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