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Report Dated February 21, 2017 7:19 PM
Former Isro scientist S Nambi Narayanan was instrumental in designing the system used in Chandrayaan, Mangalyaan and PSLV that launched 104 satellites in one go last week.
But the 75-year-old, who has a spying case against him, is still fighting to get justice.
Narayanan was in the Supreme Court to attend the hearing of his petition, seeking action against those who allegedly foisted a false case against him.
Narayanan’s career was ruined after the 1994 Isro spying scandal made headlines. He was given a clean chit after a CBI probe held that the Kerala police had fabricated the case.
The scientist was arrested after the Kerala police nabbed Mariam Rasheeda — a Maldivian woman — on October 20, 1994. Though she was arrested for overstaying in India, police later accused her of being involved in a sex-spy scandal.
It was alleged that Rasheeda was the intermediary between the organisation and two more women. She was accused of passing on Isro’s cryogenic programme secrets to the women, who in turn supplied the same to Russia and Pakistan’s ISI.
Two years later, the CBI cleared all the accused, who were discharged in May 1996. CBI also filed a closure report before the court. But a change in the government re-opened the probe. The earlier consent given by the state to the CBI to investigate the case was withdrawn and the Kerala police was asked to hold a fresh inquiry.
In 1998, the Supreme Court quashed the state government’s decision. On Narayanan’s petition, the Kerala high court, in September 2012, ordered the state government to pay Rs 10 lakhs as interim relief to the scientist. Later, in October 2014, action was ordered against the errant police officials.
However, a division bench reversed the order in March 2015, which Narayanan has challenged before the Supreme Court. His grievance is that despite the CBI probe indicting the police officers, the state has not taken any action against them.
Report Dated February 19, 2017 5:57 PM
The story of Mohd Hussain Fazli and Mohd Rafiq Shah, the terror accused acquitted in the 2005 Delhi blasts after losing precious years in jail, resonates with several families across India. The acquittals of several terror suspects after years-long incarceration have time and again raised questions about the investigation carried out by various agencies.
In Maharashtra alone, for example, over 30 terror suspects have been either acquitted or discharged since 2004.”It’s difficult to live with the same dignity in society once police label you a terror suspect,” said Abdul Wahid Shaikh, a 711 suspect acquitted in 2015. Sheikh’s son was two years and daughter six months old when he was arrested. “One cannot understand the trauma I went through. We were humiliated, beaten up and tortured during interrogation,” he said.
“The state government has no system of rehabilitation. It’s easy for people to say things get normal after acquittal. That’s not true. I got my teaching job back but everyone is not that lucky. Most of those acquitted face financial problems when they want to start a new life,” said Shaikh, who was accused of harbouring the Pakistanis who bombed the trains.
Hanif Sheikh, who came out of jail on February 2 after 13 years following his acquittal in the Ahmedabad tiffin blasts case, said he had no clue how to start life afresh. “In 2007, my mother died of shock with a prayer on her lips to see me out of jail. My wife, bedridden with depression since my arrest, succumbed a year later. My elder sister, who struggled to rear my children and fight my legal battle, died in 2009.My eldest daughter, a bright student, was forced to drop out due to non-payment of her school fees. There is no justice in pronouncing me innocent as the system has wronged me and my family ,” he said.Sheikh used to run a garments business but it is all lost now.
Adam Ajmeri (54), who was facing the gallows until the SC acquitted him in the Akshardham attack case in 2014, said his friends and relatives turned their backs on him despite the clean chit. He could start life afresh only after two research scholars from National Law University collected Rs 7 lakhs for him through crowd-funding. “No one would give me a job. My wife and six children were forced to survive on alms. I had turned suicidal when Allah sent the two good men who gave me the money to start my dairy business,” he said.
Report Dated February 18, 2017 1:59 PM
An NRI, who came from Virginia allegedly, dumped his pregnant wife along with their eight-month-old baby boy at the RGI airport in Shamshabad.
Y Keerthi Sai Reddy along with his wife Sirisha and their son landed at RGIA from Virginia via Dubai.
As soon as they arrived, Sai Reddy met his mother Vanitha and without informing Sirisha, they both went to their home, leaving behind her and the kid alone at the airport.
“Stating that he will return in a few minutes, my husband left us both at the airport. Instead of returning, he along with his mother went to their house at Ramanthapur. Also, he took my mobile phone and did not give any cash,” Sirisha said at a press conference.
Sirisha, left with no option, approached a police outpost for help. Assistant Sub-Inspector Dhan Singh helped her talk to her parents who live in Vanasthalipuram.
Y Keerthi Sai Reddy, a mechanical engineer married to 25-year-old Sirisha, a B.Tech graduate in 2015.
Two months after their marriage, the duo started harassing her. Her husband and mother-in-law also suspected her fidelity, after she give birth to their son Sahit.
Sirisha said, “My husband got my child DNA typed. I have a six-month-old daughter. They would not allow me to breastfeed the child. My husband said that he wanted me to go back to India as it was not possible to live in the US due to financial reasons. He just dumped me at the airport.”
In January, Sirisha, informed the matter to her parents, who in turn lodged a police complaint with Vanasthalipuram police against Sai Reddy Kirthi and Vanitha.
Report Dated February 14, 2017 6:40 PM
India’s Supreme Court has cancelled the licenses of 634 doctors embroiled in a medical school admissions scandal in Madhya Pradesh state.
Hundreds of candidates were found to have cheated to gain admission to medical colleges between 2008 and 2013.
The Vyapam scandal has seen thousands of arrests and many mysterious deaths.
Vyapam is the Hindi acronym for an office that conducts examinations for government jobs and medical school admissions in the state.
In its verdict, the Supreme Court said the accused had engaged in “acts of deceit” and “mass fraud”.
The scandal involved leaking question papers, rigging answer sheets and hiring bright students as impersonators to sit for candidates, as well as selling medical school seats to the highest bidder.
Anything between 1m rupees ($15,764; £10,168) and 7m rupees was paid for a seat, correspondents say.
More than 2,000 people have been accused in connection with the scandal since 2012.
Some 33 people – mostly accused in connection with the scam – have died in the past three years, raising suspicions of foul play. It is not clear how many of the deaths are linked to the scandal.
Report Dated February 12, 2017 7:29 PM
India had the highest number of bomb blasts in the world in the past two years, according to the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC), which functions within India’s primary counterterror force, the National Security Guard (NSG). India’s number is even higher than that of Iraq and Pakistan.
The NBDC analyses and disseminates data related to bombing incidents in India and across the world.
Last year, there were 337 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) blasts in India, according to the NBDC journal ‘Bombshell’. In 2015, there were 268 IED blasts, and 190 blasts in 2014, 283 blasts in 2013 and 365 in 2012.
Iraq witnessed 221 IED blast incidents, the second highest last year. Pakistan was at the third place with 161 IED blasts. About 132 IED blasts took place in Afghanistan, 92 in Turkey, 71 in Thailand, 63 in Somalia and 56 in Syria.
In 2015, Iraq witnessed 170 IED blasts, Pakistan 208, Afghanistan 121, Iraq 170 and Syria 41.