G.Madhavan Nair, ex ISRO files plea under RTI

Nair files plea under RTI

Bangalore, Mar 5 , 2012(PTI): Former ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair on Monday filed an appeal under RTI seeking reasons for blacklisting him from government jobs even as he reposed faith in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to revoke his ban order.
“I filed the appeal this evening (before the Central Information Commission),” he told PTI here.
Former ISRO Chairman, Mr G. Madhavan Nair
The Department of Space last week declined to reveal to him the specific recommendations and reasons for banning him from government jobs for his role in the controversial Antrix-Devas deal and factors taken into consideration.
The Department of Space cited Section 8 (1) (h) of the RTI, for not providing this require information, saying further enquiry is likely and divulging those details would impede investigation.
Asked about the Prime Minister not replying to his letter written soon after the ban order, Nair said his guess was that Singh would probably have asked the Department of Space to seek the opinion of the Law Ministry in the matter.
Noting that the Law Ministry’s advice was known last week, he said, “Logically, it (the advice) may be presented to him and he (the Prime Minister) might take a decision on the matter. That’s what I expect”.
The Law Ministry has told the Department of Space to allow the four ISRO scientists “post decisional opportunity” to place their stand on its move debarring them from occupying any government position in future in the aftermath of the Antrix-Devas deal.
In an opinion to the department, the ministry has also said that no further probe into the deal is required and that there was no need for a charge-sheet at this stage.

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