ISRO to Release Investigative Reports That Resulted in Disciplinary Actions

G. Madhavan Nair

After exhausting all its bad options, ISRO is actually going to do the right thing:

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space stated that the Department is in the process of getting necessary clearances for releasing the Reports of the two Committees viz. (a) the High Powered Review Committee set up by Government on February 10, 2011 (with Shri B.K. Chaturvedi and Prof. Roddam Narasimha as Members), and (b) the High Level Team set up by Government on May 31, 2011 (chaired by Shri Pratyush Sinha) to examine various aspects of the ANTRIX-DEVAS Agreement of January 2005.

Finally.

The government will explain in detail what impelled it banned former ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair and three other former space agency officials from further government employment over their actions in the controversial Antrix-Devas Multimedia S-band satellite deal.

Think about that: authorities actually explaining to the public why they made a decision. And backing it up. What a concept! I think this is a major breakthrough for Indian democracy. Normally the government just announces something and the media dutifully reports it no matter how many questions are left unanswered.

I guess we should thank Nair. He has been telling anyone who will listen that he and the others have done nothing wrong, have been unfairly singled out. and are the victims of a vendetta by ISRO’s current chairman. Now the government will lay out its case, Nair and company can respond, and the rest of us will be able to judge based on some actual facts.