SC defers bail to four accused in ISRO spy case

03-12-2022

New Delhi, Dec 2 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the orders passed by the Kerala High Court in 2021 granting anticipatory bail to five former police and intelligence bureau officials in the case related to the alleged framing of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in 1994 ISRO espionage case.

It however granted protection from arrest to the accused for a period of 5 weeks, subject to their cooperation with the investigation, as an interim arrangement till the High Court finally decides the matter.

The apex court sent the bail applications back to the Kerala High Court with a direction to decide within a period of four weeks.

A Bench of Justices MR Shah and CT Ravikumar had reserved the judgement on November 28 on the two petitions filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation challenging the grant of bail by the Kerala High Court to the accused.

The accused are former Kerala DGP Siby Mathews, former Gujarat ADGP RB Sreekumar and PS Jayaprakash, and two former Kerala police officers S Vijayan and Thampi S Durga, who were IB officials in 1994.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju appeared for the CBI and Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal appeared for some of the respondents.