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ISRO chief Nair, 3 others indicted

By The Assam Tribune
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BANGALORE, Feb 5 � The high level panel, whose probe report on Antrix-Devas deal led to the controversial ban of ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair and three other space scientists from holding any government posts, indicted them for �serious� administrative and procedural lapses, reports PTI.

Nair on his part picked holes in the report, saying it was one-sided with �inconsistencies and inaccuracies� and attacked Department of Space(DoS) headed by his successor K Radhakrishnan for �cowardice� in releasing only �convenient portions�. The report prepared by a five-member committee headed by Pratyush Sinha, former Chief Vigilance Commissioner, was made public last night. Antrix is the commercial arm of ISRO and Devas is a private firm and the controversial deal has since been annulled.

It said Antrix-Devas deal lacked transparency and recommended that action needs to be taken against Nair and fellow senior space scientists A Bhaskaranarayana, K R Sridhara Murthi and KN Shankara all of whom have retired.

The report said the terms of Antrix-Devas contract �were heavily loaded in favour of Devas�.

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ISRO chief Nair, 3 others indicted

BANGALORE, Feb 5 � The high level panel, whose probe report on Antrix-Devas deal led to the controversial ban of ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair and three other space scientists from holding any government posts, indicted them for �serious� administrative and procedural lapses, reports PTI.

Nair on his part picked holes in the report, saying it was one-sided with �inconsistencies and inaccuracies� and attacked Department of Space(DoS) headed by his successor K Radhakrishnan for �cowardice� in releasing only �convenient portions�. The report prepared by a five-member committee headed by Pratyush Sinha, former Chief Vigilance Commissioner, was made public last night. Antrix is the commercial arm of ISRO and Devas is a private firm and the controversial deal has since been annulled.

It said Antrix-Devas deal lacked transparency and recommended that action needs to be taken against Nair and fellow senior space scientists A Bhaskaranarayana, K R Sridhara Murthi and KN Shankara all of whom have retired.

The report said the terms of Antrix-Devas contract �were heavily loaded in favour of Devas�.

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