New Delhi, September 16: Former ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) chairman G Madhavan Nair on Saturday was summoned by a special court as an accused in the Antrix-Devas deal case. It was alleged that Nair had caused a loss of Rs 578 crore to ISRO by abusing his official position to favour Devas Multimedia.
Earlier, CBI had interrogated Nair to extract the details of the contract signed between Antrix Corporation and Devas Multimedia Private Limited on January 28, 2005. The deal was stamped when Nair was the chairman of ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space and right after the giant deal, Nair resigned as the s Chairman of ISRO as he was the Chairman of the Governing Council of Antrix.
The domestic security agency of the country had even carried out searches at the premises of premises of Devas Limited. Also, the residence of the then Executive Director of Antrix K R Sridhara Murthi in Bengaluru was thoroughly scanned.
In 2016, a charge sheet was in the case, which relates to the leasing of S-Band, a restricted wavelength of the INSAT satellites to deliver video, multimedia and information services to mobile receivers in vehicles and mobile phones to Devas Multimedia by Antrix. Veena S Rao, a former additional secretary in the Department of Space (DoS) was also named in the charge sheet filed by the CBI.
Nair and Rao have denied allegations posted on them by CBI. It was alleged in the FIR that the lease was given in violation of rules causing an undue gain of Rs 578 crore to Devas Multimedia and corresponding loss to the exchequer.
(With PTI Inputs)