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Nambi Narayanan Age, Wife, Children, Family, Controversy, Biography & More

Nambi Narayanan

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Bio/Wiki
Full NameS. Nambi Narayanan
ProfessionRetired Scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourGrey
Personal Life
Date of Birth1941
Age (as in 2018) 77 Years
BirthplaceKerala, India
NationalityIndian
HometownNagercoil, Tamil Nadu
SchoolDVD Higher Secondary School
College/UniversityThiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai
Princeton University, New Jersey
Educational QualificationMechanical Engineering From Madras University
ReligionHinduism
HobbiesReading, Travelling
ControversyIn 1994, Nambi was falsely accused of spying for Pakistan and was alleged of supplying National secrets to Pakistan and was arrested for 50 days. In 1996, all the charges against him were dismissed by CBI and two years later i.e. in 1998, he was acquitted by the Supreme Court of India. Nambi has a long tale of suffering at the hands of intelligence Bureau on the name of interrogation. He was physically and mentally abused by the officers. After the Supreme Court proved him innocent, Nambi filed a petition against a few officers who were involved in the conspiracy to trap Nambi in the ISRO espionage case.
Girls, Affairs, and More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpouseMeena Nambi
Nambi Narayanan With His Wife
ChildrenSon- Sankara Kumar Narayanan (Businessman)
Daughter- Geetha Arunan (Montessori teacher in Bangalore)
Nambi Narayanan With His Wife and Children
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)Not Known

Nambi Narayanan

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nambi Narayanan

  • Does Nambi Narayanan smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Nambi Narayanan drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • He joined ISRO in the year 1966.
  • In the early 1970s, he invented the liquid fuel rocket technology. He knew that India would need liquid fuelled engines for the upcoming ISRO’s civilian space programmes.

  • He was backed by his successor U.R. Rao and the then ISRO chairman Satish Dhawan. Nambi first built the successful 600-kg thrust engine leading to the development of liquid propellant motors.
  • He was assigned the charge of the cryogenics division (the behaviour and the production of materials at low temperature).
  • He has worked with prominent scientists of India like Satish Dhawan, Vikram Sarabhai, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, U.R. Rao, etc. and has contributed ISRO for 35 years.
  • In 1994, he was falsely alleged for spying and providing state secrets to Pakistan and was arrested for 50 days. He was so tormented and agitated by the false charges that he would threaten the Intelligence Bureau Officers that he would make them pay for it. In an interview, he revealed that one of the officers replied that “Sir, we are doing our duty. If what you are saying is the truth and you are vindicated, you can slap us with your slippers.”

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  • Nambi and another scientist D Sasikumaran were accused of transferring the ISRO secrets for millions.

    Nambi Narayanan Arrested During the Probe in the ISRO espionage Case

    Nambi Narayanan Arrested During the Probe in the ISRO espionage Case

  • At that time, ISRO did not support Nambi as “ISRO could not interfere in a legal matter,” stated Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan (the then chairman of the ISRO.)
  • In 1996, all the charges against him were dismissed by the CBI.
  • In 1998, he was acquitted by the Supreme Court of India.
  • After being proved innocent, Nambi appealed to get compensation from the State for all his sufferings. He also demanded to hold the Kerela Police Officers and Intelligence Bureau Officers accountable for framing false charges against him.
  • Nambi revealed that during the introspection, he was mentally and physically abused, had blown on his neck, torso, and head. He was made to stand for 30 hours after which he collapsed.
  • In 2012. The state of Kerela was directed by the High Court to pay ₹10lakhs to Nambi. For which he had to fight a legal battle again as the Kerela Government did not compile to High Court Order.
  • On 23 October 2017, his autobiography ‘Ormakalude Bhramanapatham’ was released dealing with ISRO espionage case. It reveals that Nambi Narayanan along with five others was subjected to third degree repeated torture in the early 1990s. The other accused persons were D. Sasikumaran, ISRO’s contractor S.K. Sharma, Russian space agency official K. Chandrasekhar, and two Maldivian women ‘Mariam Rasheeda’ and ‘Fauzia Hassan.’

    Maldivian Lady Officers Arrested in the ISRO espionage Case; Mariam Rasheeda (Left) and Fauzia Hassan (Right)

    Maldivian Lady Officers Arrested in the ISRO espionage Case; Mariam Rasheeda (Left) and Fauzia Hassan (Right)

  • In 2018, a bench led by Chief Justice ‘Dipak Misra‘ of the Supreme Court of India stated that “We can direct compensation to be paid by persons involved in the investigation… We will require the state to recover the compensation from their properties…” over the concern of the hampered image of Nambi. Justice Dipak Misra further added that “Let them sell their houses and pay. We are not concerned. We will clarify in our order that his reputation was dented… by this judgment, his reputation is reinstated.”
  • Nambi revealed that amidst this his image in the society was also affected. The world’s perception towards him was of a spy who betrayed his country. “People would come to our house and burn my effigy, call me names, shout slogans… My family suffered a lot. My children were agitated and would fight back. But my wife slipped into depression and stopped talking,” he stated in an interview. He recalled another incident of his wife being forced to get out of an autorickshaw as the driver did not allow her to travel as soon he realized who she was. “The most cruel part was that it was raining at the time,” he said.
  • Nambi has been fighting for justice for two decades now. The bench led by Chief Justice ‘Dipak Misra’ has considered compensation of ₹75lakhs for him to be paid by the state of Kerala.
  • In 2018, R. Madhavan was signed to play Nambi Narayanan’s role in the film based upon Nambi’s autobiography. Nambi Narayanan's Autobiography
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