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Antrix-Devas Deal: Isro scientist quits to support Nair

Senior space scientist Roddam Narasimha has quit from the membership of Indian Space Commission, supporting former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair in the controversial Antrix-Devas Deal. HT reports.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2012 01:42 IST
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Senior space scientist Professor Roddam Narasimha has quit from the membership of Indian Space Commission, supporting former Isro chairman G Madhavan Nair in the controversial Antrix-Devas Deal.

He resigned from the post on Thursday and protested the union government's decision over barring Madhavan Nair and other three scientists for their alleged involvement in the Antix Devas deal.

Narasimha, who was also one of the members in the probe on the deal, told media that they submitted the report after identifying the lapses and suggested measures to make sure that they do not happen again.

"We found no evidence of wrong-doing or fraud or personal gain. I am deeply distressed over the humiliation heaped on people who spent their whole professional lives working for a valued national goal," he added.

In taking the blacklisting four top space scientists, including Madhavan Nair, for their alleged involvement in the Antrix-Devas deal, the government had cited the findings of two committees.

Roddam's profile

He was educated at University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) and, Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and obtained his PhD degree at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States in 1961.

He joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in 1962 and was associated with the department of aerospace engineering in various capacities from that date till 1999. He was the director of the NIAS during 1997-2004.

He has been closely associated with aerospace technology development in India at both technical and policy-making levels. During 1977-79, he was the Chief Project Coordinator in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

He has served on the National Security Advisory Board and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister Cabinet. He is currently a member of the Space Commission, and co-chairs the Joint Steering Committee and the Joint Scientific Working Group for the Indo-French atmospheric research satellite Megha-Tropiques.

The two-member committee of BK Chaturvedi and Roddam Narasimha - which submitted its report before the other, led by former central vigilance commissioner Pratyush Sinha, was constituted.

Roddam opposed government's stand and conveyed a message to the Prime Minister saying blacklisting scientists was an unprecedented step and it would harm the space science field.

Now his resignation will be a huge setback to the Indian Space Commission. Now he is the professor Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore.