Antrix- Devas deal case: CBI examines former ISRO chief- Madhavan Nair

Madhavan Nair

New Delhi: On Thursday, 12th May, the Central Bureau of Investigation examined the former Chairman to ISRO- G. Madhavan Nair for his alleged involvement in the Antrix case, as he allegedly kept the then “UPA Government in the Dark” and his “conflict of Interest” in the Antrix- Devas deal.

It is notable here that the said G. Madhavan Nair, who was the then Chairman to the Antrix’s governing council, while there was a deal to be finalized, he was barred from holding any government post for his alleged role in the deal, after the investigation headed by the Former CVC- Pratyush Sinha found irregularities.

It was also seen in the First Information Report- FIR in this case that the names of the then Executive director of Antrix- K. R. Sridhara Murthi, M. G. Chandrasekhar and R. Vishwanthan from the United States based- company Forge Advisor, Devas Multimedia Private Limited and unnamed official of Antrix and Department of Space, were involved. The FIR being CBI’s FIR filed and then the Central probing agency conducted initial investigation, in which it was found that the Former Prime Minister- Manmohan Singh’s under coming Union Cabinet was kept in dark and provided wrong information about the Antrix- Devas space band spectrum deal and this has resulted in the “wrongful gain” of rupees 578 crore to Devas Multimedia.

While so, the CAG found stated that the Nair had failed for consulting the ministries which were the key stakeholders in the Devas deal. Moreover, in the allegations, the accused persons were charged for criminal conspiracy and also some government officials were also charged for abusing their positions by favouring the Devas by offering it with the rights for delivering the videos, multimedia and information service for mobile phone using S- Band through GSAT- 6 and GSAT- 6A satellites and terrestrial systems in India.

As such, the Mr. Nair was examined in connection with the allegations of corruption in the deal, as per the CBI official who talked with media. Also it is pointed by the agency that wrongful gain was made through investors from the United States, Singapore, Mauritius and other countries.

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