Eminent Indian space scientist quits in protest

February 24th, 2012 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS  

ISRO Bangalore, Feb 24 (IANS) Eminnet scientist Roddam Narasimha, the seniormost member of the Space Commission, has resigned to protest the blacklisting of former ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair and three others in connection with the Antrix-Devas spectrum deal, a senior official of the Indian space agency said Friday.

“As Narasimha had submitted his resignation letter directly to the Prime Minister’s Office, we do not have details on why he decided to quit. But we learn that he was perturbed over the government’s recent action against the four top space scientists, including Nair,” an official of the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS here on anonymity.

Narasimha, 78, has been associated with the Space Commission for over two decades and has been its longest member.

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