New Delhi: Former ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan was examined by the CBI in connection to the agency’s probe into alleged irregularities in an agreement between private multimedia company Devas and Antrix, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
CBI sources on Thursday said that Radhakrishnan, who was the chairman of Antrix, was examined for nearly two hours at Antrix’s office in Bengaluru. Antrix has recently been slapped with a fine of about `4,400 crore (672 million dollars) by the International Arbitration Court for unilaterally terminating its contract with Devas.
The Antrix-Devas deal has seen the early exit of G Madhavan Nair as Chairman of ISRO as he was the Chairman of the Governing Council of Antrix when the deal was finalised. The CBI had registered a case and submitted an FIR against then Executive Director of Antrix K R Sridhara Murthi, M G Chandrasekhar and R Vishwanathan of Forge Advisors, Devas Multi-media Private Limited and unnamed officials of Antrix, ISRO and the Department of Space in a designated court in Bengaluru. According to the CBI, the accused entered into a criminal conspiracy and favoured Devas by giving it rights for delivery of videos, multimedia and information services to mobile phones using S-Band through GSAT-6 and GSAT-6A satellites and terrestrial systems in India. It has alleged that Devas submitted false and incorrect information claiming it was fully capable of delivering the S-DMB services to get the rights of delivering the same in India through PS1 and PS2 and consequently made “wrongful gains of more than `578 crores (approx) from various investors”.
Devas has taken Antrix and the government to International Court after its contract was cancelled by the Cabinet Committee on Security in 2011.
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