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ISRO spy case was CIA’s way of halting India’s progress in rocket science

Over two decades back, a spy scandal rose in Kerala that involved two space scientists, two foreign women, sex and rocket secrets that could pose big “threat” to India’s national security. However, it took four years’ of tortuous trial for the scientists to come out clean, when the Supreme Court gave them a clean shit, rubbishing all claims of the Kerala state police.

The scandal shocked everyone for it linked the two ISRO scientists to two women

The GSLV-II can carry double the capacity of ISRO‘s present rockets, propelled by the C-20 engine. S Nambinarayan, the ex-director who pioneered ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems, believes that India would have achieved this milestone more than a decade back, had he not been framed in the “ISRO spying case” that had rocked the nation in 1994.

The rocket scientist introduced the liquid fuel technology in the 80s… As a project director of the newly-launched indigenous project, he worked on the development of propulsion systems of ISRO’s GSLV mission. In 1991, Nambi Narayan signed a deal with Glavkosmos, the Russians space agency, and a deal to transfer of a cryogenic propulsion system.

The two Maldivian women caught by Kerala Police for allegedly spying for ISI.

However, Glavkosmos was pressurised in 1993 by the US not to go with the deal, for America feared India might make big progress in the space engineering. In November 1994, Nambi Narayan and his colleague was arrested for selling ISRO’s secrets to Pakistan with the aid of two women spies from the Maldives.

And the scientist was suspended from his job.

Narayan was thrown into prison for 50 days. The scandal had Maldivian women that added spice, and tongues started wagging that Nambi Narayan had sold his soul and documents in exchange for sex and money. It took the CBI 18 months took to find that the scientist was caught up in a spy case that never had happened in the first place.

The scandal had Maldivian women that added spice, and tongues started wagging that Nambi Narayan had sold his soul and documents in exchange for sex and money.

Now, Nambi Narayan says he was implicated in a false case, an agenda of the US, which wanted to derail the project, and the Information Bureau and Kerala police were complicit in the US’s effort. All the espionage story was absolutely sham.

Two years later Nambi Narayan was arrested; the CBI took over the case, and found that the ISRO director was falsely implicated in this case. The same year, a joint director of the IB was dismissed for working with the CIA.

Nambinarayan was cleared in 1998 by the Supreme Court, and subsequently by the National Human Rights Commission in 1999. It took six full years for the scientist to clear his name of a case that he never was part of…

The CBI closed the case with the comment that the ISRO spy case was false.

Although he was cleared, there were a few pieces that still didn’t fit. The CBI closed the case with the comment that the ISRO spy case was false. What they didn’t do was dig deeper to know the reasons that was behind this ISRO case.

If there was no case at all, who cooked up such a fantastic tale and why… Nambinarayanan said that he suspected a larger conspiracy, that it was the US who wanted India to stall its rocket project. Going by America’s political interference, it’s not unlikely that they planted a few stooges to derail the whole process, for it took ISRO 20 years to get back on track with GLSV.

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Abhishek Dinman

Abhishek Dinman

Writing and reporting on national security issues may arguably be one of the most difficult beats for a journalist, and my transition from a sports journalist to being TVON’s editor was definitely not without effort. I designed content for ESPN STAR Sports and extensively covered tournaments nationally and internationally. I was also an investigative journalist for ZEE’s India’s Most Wanted’. But I have been deeply impacted by rising threats to India’s national security, resulting in loss of numerous lives. This has both saddened me and helped in reshaping my thought process. I’m acutely aware of the changing geopolitical dynamics today and never afraid to speak my mind. My interface with policy makers and national security experts gives me perspective and insight, helping me provide context and statistics to stories about terrorism and national security policy.
On the side, I spend time with recovering addicts and help them heal.

He focuses on social affairs and the dynamics and theory of how people receive and react to different forms of information on a variety of subjects.

He loves exploring hidden beaches in South East Asia, counseling and spending time with recovering addicts. He spends most of his TV time on watching National Geographic and old episodes of ‘Friends’.

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