Ex-ISRO scientist files defamation complaint against retd DGP Sreekumar

ScientistFormer scientist Nambi Narayanan claimed Sreekumar, who was in-charge of the probe into the espionage case, had allegedly falsely implicated him in the case.

A former scientist of ISRO, who was acquitted in a 1994 espionage case, on Thursday filed a criminal defamation complaint in a Delhi court against former Gujarat DGP R B Sreekumar for allegedly defaming him by making "false statements".

According to court sources, retired scientist Nambi Narayanan's complaint is expected to be taken up for hearing on Friday before a magisterial court.

In his petition, Narayanan has claimed that Sreekumar had made false statements against him to tarnish his image.

Sreekumar had last year filed a similar complaint against Narayanan, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Rajnath Singh and party's spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi over the alleged attacks on him in the 1994 ISRO spying case.

Sreekumar's plea is fixed for hearing before Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain on January 4.

In his plea, Narayanan alleged Sreekumar had given "vexatious statements" against him during a debate on a news channel in November last year and the former IPS officer had also filed a "politically motivated false" criminal defamation complaint against him and others before a court here.

Earlier, Narayanan had written a letter to the Union Home Secretary demanding action against Sreekumar for "falsely" dragging him in the case and threatened to take legal action against Union Home Ministry if his demand is not met.

In his letter, Narayanan claimed Sreekumar, who was then serving as Deputy Director in the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau, Thiruvananthapuram, and was in-charge of the probe into the espionage case, had allegedly falsely implicated him in the case.

Narayanan had alleged that he was the victim of the false case fabricated by Sreekumar and others in the Intelligence Bureau but no action has been taken against the former police officer despite CBI reporting serious illegalities and improprieties to the Government of India.

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