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Relief to Nambi Narayan in ISRO case, Kerala High Court dismisses former police officer Vijayan’s petition

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The Kerala High Court dismissed the plea of ​​former police officer S Vijayan alleging that former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan influenced the investigation by engaging in multi-crore land deals with CBI investigating officers in the 1994 espionage case. did. Justice R Narayana Pishardi dismissed the plea of ​​former Kerala Police officer S Vijayan and is now awaiting a detailed order.

Former Kerala police officer S Vijayan alleged in the Kerala High Court on Wednesday that former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan had influenced the probe in the 1994 espionage case by engaging in multi-crore land deals with CBI investigating officers. Vijayan, along with 17 other former officers of the Kerala Police and Intelligence Bureau (IB), is facing a CBI probe for allegedly implicating Narayanan and a few others in the 1994 espionage case.

Vijayan’s counsel had made this claim before a single bench of Justice R Narayana Pishardy. He had also told Justice Pisharadi that he had placed before the trial court the encumbrance certificates of several acres of land in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu showing Narayanan or his son as attorney holders.

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Vijayan had alleged in the High Court that the land was sold to CBI officials. They have argued that the material was sufficient for the trial court to order a probe under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Narayanan and the agency’s officials. However, the High Court held that encumbrance certificates do not prove the sale of land. The court has asked Vijayan to show the original sale deed.

In the last hearing, the High Court had also said that the trial court would also need sanction for prosecution to order an inquiry. The high court said it would pass an order on accepting Vijayan’s plea and issue notice to all the parties, including Narayanan, as their side would also have to be heard.

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