Government of India has black listed senior Scientist Madhavan Nair from holding any post in Government,’ a harsh punishment in operation and would stay till the issue is resolved’(Abhisekh Singhvi), is laudable.
NEW DELHI: Former (Indian Space Research Organisation) Isro chief G Madhavan Nair and three other eminent space scientists have been barred from holding any government jobs in an unprecedented disciplinary action by the government for their role in the controversial Antrix-Devas deal.
An angry Nair blamed his successor and the current Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan today for the action, accusing him of being behind the move and pursuing a “personal agenda” by misleading the government. “This is his (Radhakrishnan’s) personal agenda. That individual is bent upon hitting so many people and in that process, he is killing the organisation,” Nair told PTI in Bangalore.
The government action came as an apparent fallout of the Antrix deal in which a private company was allotted scarce S band spectrum by Isro allegedly in violation of rules.
Besides Nair, K Bhaskaranarayana, former scientific secretary at ISRO, K R Sridharamurthi, former managing director of Antrix, commercial arm of ISRO, and K N Shankara, former director of the ISRO satellite centre, have been penalised by the Department of Space, an ISRO official said today.
However, what sticks out a mile is that while Madhavan Nair is being penalised,others ,including Politicians/PMO officials/PM, remain unnoticed.
In fact no name of Politician has come out though it is clear that a scam of this magnitude could not have happened with out their involvement .
High Morals.would you say, especially when, the Opposition had to literally jam the parliament to have Suresh Kalmadi of CWG scam removed- now he has come out on bail and is being offered the post of IOA Chief),Maran and Raja of 2G scam,and N.D.Tiwari from Gubernatorial post for paternity suit(now Tiwari is being offered the post of Governor again)!
But the involvement of the honchos in ISRO is clear in S Band ISRO scam.
In fact I blogged on this;Link is provided below.
By the way Antrix had planned to file a case in the court against the Government for trying to annul the contract .
What of it?
Taking note of reports that CAG is investigating the loss of nearly Rs 2 lakh crore in the allotment of scarce S-band spectrum, BJP on Monday asked Prime Minister to clear the air, initiate an inquiry and take steps to recover the lost revenue.
“This whole affair is vitiated by fraud. And as a result, this country is facing not only loss of revenue but frittering away of valuable national asset which is a rare spectrum,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
A newspaper report claimed CAG is investigating the allotment of 70 MHz from the available 2500 MHz of S-band spectrum to Devas multimedia for 20 years. The company is owned by M G Chandrasekhar, former scientific secretary at ISRO.
BJP demanded this agreement be immediately nullified and the spectrum space given to the private user be recovered.
“Secondly, we demand a comprehensive inquiry to establish the criminality in the whole matter. We also demand recovery of the lost revenue,” Sitharaman said.
The party alleged this is a “very serious scandal” as it involves a “very unique and rare” spectrum. It also said since the department of space is directly under the Prime Minister, he should immediately clarify his stand on the whole issue.
“The spectrum we are talking about is 5-G which relates to GHz. Recently, BSNL andMTNL were alloted only 20 MHz for Rs 12,487 Crore. But for allocation of 70 MHz to this private operator, the government is charging only Rs 1,000 Crore,” Sitharaman said.
Meanwhile, the office of CAG has clarified that its investigations into the issue are at a preliminary stage and the media reports should not be treated as findings of this department.
ISRO Chief made the following observation in the press Conference on 8 February.
In 2004 a decision was taken to go in for KU band over S Band.On what grounds, no body is clear.
Suddenly ISRO finds S band has more potential.
Later it was decided to go in S band onan experimental basis.
Anrix , commercial arm of ISRO entered into an agreement with Devas Multi Media,Bangalore, for S Band services in 2005 and renewed in 2008 December..The contract was signed within 34 days from the approval from the board of Antrix.
Deutsche Telecom gets a stake in Devas.
ISRO manufactured G6 and G6 A Satelittes for use.
In 2010, the under advice from Department of Space,it was decided to terminate deal by July 2010.
If monetary gains are not involved why should a Comapny invest?
If there is no guarantee of Business why would a Foreign investor be interested?
Foreign companies do pose athreat to national security in telecommunication.
Why was this allowed?
Normally commercail products are manufactured and market tie up is made.
In innovative projects , the partners have a financial stake for equal weightage in contract in contracts of this nature.
Why was this not done in this case?
How is it that in this case you enter into commercial agreement, you manufacture with Public money ?
The process of termination is arduous and takes long, you say; don’t you have termination clause?
Kasturirangan says they are yet to find a reason for termination for nearly a year.
Then why terminate?
ISRO manufactures with out knowing the market after entering into contract , now plans to renege on the contract
Whhere does this leave the Devas, who are supposed to have earned nothing and a Foregn investor had come in for the love of Antrix.
Star war has a plasible script.
Blowing of the lid before it became operational,. Else the scam would have gone on.