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IB Imagined Spy-Ring: CBI

A classified CBI report indicts IB. But was the espionage scandal part of a wider frame-up?

IB Imagined Spy-Ring: CBI
IB Imagined Spy-Ring: CBI
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WAS the role of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the ISRO spy scandal motivated? Even as the Kerala government has been directed by the Supreme Court to pay Rs 1 lakh each to the six accused, a hard-hitting CBI report submitted two years ago to the Centre recommending "necessary action" against senior IB officials responsible for "lapses" in the case has been put under wraps. The report severely indicts D.C. Pathak, the then IB director, and nine other senior officers for mishandling the investigation and sending unverified reports to the prime minister and home minister. This is perhaps the first time that an IB chief has been indicted.

But why did the IB act in such a manner?Was it a mistake on the part of senior IB officials or was it a deliberate attempt to frame the top ISRO scientists? The CBI report does not touch upon this angle, but one theory emanating from the IB itself is that Mariam Rasheeda, a Maldivian accused in the case, was set up by some foreign agency in order to humiliate two key ISRO scientists, D....

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