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Nair's second letter to PMO asks for 'comprehensive' review into Antrix-Devas deal

Bangalore, Sun, 26 Feb 2012 ANI

Bangalore, Feb 26 (ANI): Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief G. Madhavan Nair has written a second letter to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) asking for a 'comprehensive' review of the controversial Antrix-Devas spectrum allocation.


"Basically you know I have been distressed by the bits and pieces of information, which is coming out. So, I thought it's my duty to bring to the notice of PMO (Prime Minister's Office) that there are certain things, which has not been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister," said Nair.


"I had written an elaborate letter in which point by point I tried to explain what is the rationale for establishing the contract. More than that I highlighted the procedures adopted for cancellation of the contract. They do not seem to be transparent, accurate," he added.


Nair further said that he has requested the PMO for a comprehensive review not only starting from the Devas agreement, but the technical advantages which country would have gained.


"So, I requested that a comprehensive review not only starting from the Devas agreement, but the technical advantages which country would have gained on account of this and the reasons which went behind annulling the agreement and later the process and procedures adopted by the Department of Space, ISRO. This needs to be investigated. So, this is what I have brought to the notice of the PMO," he said.


The Devas deal signed by ISRO"s commercial arm Antrix to lease out 90 per cent of transponders in the S-band frequency on two ISRO satellites was annulled by the government in February 2011.


A two-member committee consisting of former cabinet secretary B N Chaturvedi and Space Commission member Roddam Narasimha analysed the deal and found procedural lapses by ISRO officials in the signing of the agreement and sought reforms to prevent future lapses.


A second committee headed by former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha, set up after the Chaturvedi report to fix responsibility for the lapses, said that there was suspicion of collusion of officials and lack of transparency in the deal and recommended action against former ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair, and three other retired space scientists A Bhaskaranarayana, K R Sridhara Murthi and K N Shankara. (ANI)


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