• Former (Indian Space Research Organisation) Isro chief G Madhavan Nair and three other eminent space scientists have been barred from holding any government jobs in an unprecedented disciplinary action by the government for their role in the controversial Antrix-Devas deal.
  • An angry Nair blamed his successor and the current Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan today for the action, accusing him of being behind the move and pursuing a "personal agenda" by misleading the government. 
  • The government action came as an apparent fallout of the Antrix deal in which a private company was allotted scarce S band spectrum by Isro allegedly in violation of rules.
  • Besides Nair, K Bhaskaranarayana, former scientific secretary at ISRO, K R Sridharamurthi, former managing director of Antrix, commercial arm of ISRO, and K N Shankara, former director of the ISRO satellite centre, have been penalised by the Department of Space.