Two Maldivian nationals — Mariyam Rasheeda and Fouziyya Hassan — who had been additionally arrested within the ISRO espionage case in 1994 together with scientist Nambi Narayanan, have moved the Kerala High Court opposing the anticipatory bail plea of two former Kerala law enforcement officials who had been concerned of their arrest and detention again then.
The two girls have alleged that the joint plea moved by S Vijayan and Thampi S Durga Dutt “accommodates false contentions” and if any reduction was granted, then justice could be denied to the Maldives nationals.
The two former officers have sought anticipatory bail in a case registered by CBI for varied offenses, together with felony conspiracy, kidnapping and fabrication of proof, beneath the Indian Penal Code, in reference to arrest and detention of Narayanan.
The 18 accused within the CBI case contains then Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers additionally.
In their petition, filed by means of advocate Prasad Gandhi, the 2 girls have sought to be impleaded within the anticipatory bail plea of the 2 former law enforcement officials which is more likely to be heard on July 19.
Earlier on July 7, CBI had opposed the plea of the 2 former Kerala law enforcement officials, saying they falsely implicated Narayanan in a “concocted case” which led to delay in growth of India’s cryogenic expertise.
CBI has mentioned that the offenses towards the 2 accused had been critical in nature as they each “performed an energetic function and concocted an espionage case in pursuance of the conspiracy with the opposite accused within the FIR (registered by CBI) and different unknown individuals”.
Vijayan and Dutt had been a part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which arrested the scientist and the 2 girls.
The Supreme Court had on April 15 ordered that the report of a high-level committee on the function of erring police officers within the espionage case referring to Narayanan be given to the CBI and directed the company to conduct additional investigation on the problem.
The three-member committee, headed by former prime court docket choose Justice (retd) DK Jain, was appointed by the highest court docket in 2018 after acquitting Narayanan within the case.
The Supreme Court had additionally directed the Kerala authorities to pay Rs 50 lakh as compensation for compelling Narayanan to bear “immense humiliation”.
The espionage case pertained to switch of sure confidential paperwork on India’s area program to international nations by two scientists and 4 others, together with two Maldivian girls.
The CBI, in its probe that point, had held that prime police officers in Kerala had been answerable for Narayanan’s unlawful arrest.
The case additionally had a political fallout, with a bit in Congress concentrating on the then Chief Minister late Okay Karunakaran over the problem, that finally led to his resignation.