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BJP has every right to target Sreekumar: Nambi Narayanan

Modi met former ISRO scientist on his Kerala visit in Sept

Against the backdrop of the BJP raking up the ISRO spy case to target former Gujarat DGP R B Sreekumar,former ISRO scientist Namby Narayanan on Friday said he did not find anything wrong in the BJP raising the issue.

“I had named Sreekumar in my complaints much before the BJP came to the scene. That party has every right to target Sreekumar. I would be happy to get support for my case from any quarter,” he said,adding that the BJP may have a motive behind taking up the issue now.

Narayanan had met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Thiruvananthapuram during his Kerala visit in September. “Modi wanted to meet me on the ISRO issue. I had told him about the suspected US role in fabricating the spy case.’’

Narayanan said he had expected that Modi might ask questions on Sreekumar,but he raised no queries on the IPS officer.

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“Modi was the first chief minister to ask me about my version on the issue. Successive chief ministers in Kerala have never bothered to hear me on the espionage case,” said Narayanan.

Narayanan,who was arrested and later allegedly tortured in the case,said: “To my knowledge,the BJP was not involved in the issue,in which Congress and the Left were the players. The Left wanted to bring down the Congress government led by K Karunakaran. A section within the Congress also had the same agenda,’’ said Narayanan.

He said Sreekumar’s role was evident in the episode. In his petition to the national human rights commission in 1999 seeking compensation,he had arraigned then IB deputy director Sreekumar and joint director Mathew John as respondents.

The CBI,in its closure report,too has written to the Union government recommendation action against the two IB officials.