Thiruvananthapuram: A local court in Thiruvananthapuram has granted interim bail to former DGP Sibi Mathews, who has been charged by the CBI probing the conspiracy in the 1994 espionage case. A lawyer associated with the proceedings said that the district court granted interim bail to the officer and listed the matter for Tuesday for further hearing.
Mathews, the then head of the SIT investigation team, moved the court following reports that the CBI had named him among 18 accused in an FIR filed before a chief judicial magistrate court here. The probe agency has allegedly framed charges under about 10 sections of the Indian Penal Code related to various offenses including criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and fabrication of evidence.
high level committee report
Significantly, the Supreme Court had on April 15 ordered that the report of a high-level committee on the role of police officers convicted in the 1994 espionage case involving ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan be given to the CBI and the agency to investigate the issue further. instructed of. The court had said that the CBI can consider the findings of the panel as part of the preliminary investigation and asked the agency to submit its report to the court within three months.
The espionage case, which made headlines in 1994, pertains to allegations of sending some confidential documents on India’s space program abroad by two scientists and four others, including two Maldivian women. The scientist was arrested when the Congress government was in Kerala. The CBI in its investigation had admitted that the then top Kerala police officers were responsible for the illegal arrest of Narayanan.
The case also had political ramifications, with a section of Congress targeting the then Chief Minister late Karunakaran on the issue, which ultimately led to his resignation. Over a period of about two and a half years, a panel headed by Justice (retd) DK Jain examined the circumstances of the arrest.
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