The CBI had registered an FIR against several people including two top former Kerala police officers after a probe into an alleged conspiracy among police officials to falsely implicate Nambinarayanan of espionage.

Former IB official KV ThomasFormer IB official KV Thomas: File Photo/IANS
news Crime Sunday, August 14, 2022 - 14:02

A former top IB official, who was flying to London with his wife on Saturday, August 13, was informed by emigration officials that there is a lookout notice against him issued by the CBI and hence, he cannot proceed with his travel after he had checked in his baggage at the Kochi international airport. KV Thomas, who retired as an Assistant Director of the Intelligence Bureau after four decades of service, said this was a cruel act as he was never informed about this notice and said he will seek legal redress.

"I will approach the court to see that my travel ban is lifted and also for the grievous human rights violation. We were travelling to meet our daughter who is in London and we had paid Rs 3 lakh for our tickets," he said, adding that this is the gift he has received on the eve of the country celebrating 75 years of Independence.

Thomas was briefly linked to the ISRO spy case, which surfaced in 1994 when senior ISRO scientist S Nambinarayanan was arrested on charges of espionage along with another senior space agency official, two Maldivian women, and a businessman. The CBI cleared him in 1995 and since then he has been fighting a legal battle against those he felt had framed him. Last year the Supreme Court appointed a three-member committee headed by Justice DK Jain (retd) to probe if there was a conspiracy among then police officials to falsely implicate Nambinarayanan.

The apex court, which went through Jain's report, ordered the CBI to conduct a new probe and the agency registered an FIR against 18 people, including two top former Kerala Police officers. The charges that have been listed against the ex-officers include conspiracy and fabrication of documents. In 1994, Thomas was an IB official posted in Malappuram and was briefly involved in the then probe.

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