On Wednesday, The Kerala High Court extended the tenure of interim protection from arrest castigated to three former Kerala Police officers and a retired IB official in the ISRO conspiracy case.
This was announced by Justice Ashok Menon after the counsel for CBI notified the court regarding an Additional Solicitor General, who would precede over the matter, in the next scheduled hearing on August 5.
The High Court had granted an interim protection on independent basis from arrest to former Kerala Police officers- B. Sreekumar, S. Vijayan, and Thampi S. Durga Dutt and Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer P S Jayaprakash who all have appealed for anticipatory bail pleas against the case registered by CBI.
Apart from these, 14 others, are listed as the primary accused on the grounds of substantial brutal offences such as criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, and meddling of evidence, and are booked under the Indian Penal Code. This charge is linked with the arrest and detention of Ex-ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in the famous 1994 espionage case.
On April 15, The Supreme Court directed this case to the CBI and commanded a high-level committee report on the delinquency of police officials in the espionage case. The acquittal of Narayanan was guided by a three-member committee, headed by the Justice (retd) D K Jain. The court also imposed a compensation fee on the Kerala government of ₹ 50 lakh as compensation for the “immense humiliation” faced by Narayanan.
The case culminated as a political aftermath, with a resultant turbulence by the Congress targeting the former Chief Minister Late K. Karunakaran that ultimately led to his resignation.