October 26, 2017
Kottayam: Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan has said former Director General of Police Siby Mathew has confessed to mistaking him as a suspect in the ISRO spy case.
In his book ‘Ormakaludey Brahmanapadham’, the former scientist said Mathews owned up the mistake a few years ago in the house of their common friend Surya Krishnamoorthy who was also in ISRO.
Nambi said Mathews was accompanied by his wife who also apologised.
He said he was not keen on the meeting as he was not given an audience to meet him and convince him during the time of his incarceration and investigation in the nineties.
The book narrates the harrowing times of police interrogation in police camps in connection with the case related to the alleged leaking of ISRO secrets by Nambi and fellow scientists to a woman from the Maldives.
The case was later probed by CBI which found Nambi innocent in 1996. The Supreme Court upheld the CBI stand in 1998.
The Human Rights Commission ordered the Government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Nambi who has moved the Supreme Court seeking action against the police officials.
However, Siby has denied making any confession during the meeting. He said he tried to make use of the meeting to remove `misunderstandings’ between them.
Krishnamoorthy said the meeting was arranged at the instance of Mathews. But it was not known what transpired between them.
Late Congress leader K Karunakaran had accused former Chief Minister Ommen Chandy of cooking up the spy case in an attempt to see that he (Karunakaran) did not become the Chief Minister.