Antrix-Devas Deal: CBI Grills Former ISRO Chief


New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday grilled K Radhakrishnan, former chief of ISRO for his alleged connection into irregularities in an agreement between private multimedia company Devas and Antrix, the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organization.

CBI sources said on Thursday that Radhakrishnan, who was also the chairman of Antrix, was examined for nearly two hours at Antrix’s office in Bengaluru.

The move came at a time when Antrix has been slapped a fine of about Rs 4,400 crore (672 million dollars) by international arbitration court for unilaterally terminating the contract with Devas which was planning to use the spectrum to launch satellite-based multimedia services on hand-held devices.
BI had registered a case and submitted an FIR against the 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 department of space in a designated court in Bengaluru.

The agency has slapped cases under 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) of Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act against them.

The Antrix-Devas deal had seen 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 finalized.