Who is Nambi Narayanan?

Nambi Narayanan was a former scientist of the (ISRO) Indian Space Research Organisation. In 1970, he worked in the cryogenic division(the production and effects of very low temperatures), to developing liquid fuel engines. He already foresaw that in the future liquid fuel rocket technology will boost the ISRO capabilities.


Nambi Narayanan’s full Name is S.Nambi Narayanan,  spouse  Meena Nambi, they have two children, Sankara Kumar Narayanan who is a businessman, and Geetha Arunan, who is a teacher in Montessori in Bangalore.

Real Facts

Narayanan was born on 12 December 1941, in Kerala, and his hometown Nagercoil Tamil Nadu. It was the time when Britishers were ruling India. Belonging to a middle-class family, schooling from DVD higher secondary school. At the age of 18 lost his father.

At that time, was suffering a lot, because he had to work and study and did Mechanical Engineering from Madras University. After a few years, he went to America to pursue a master’s in mechanical engineering with a scholarship.

After studying, he got an offer from NASA but he denied it, returned to India, and joined ISRO, in 1992 he launched cryogenic programming with Russia.

Spy Controversy

In November 1994 Kerala police arrested one terrorist, Mariam Rasheeda from Triuvantpuram, she was arrested for selling intelligence of drawing of ISRO’s cryogenic engine to Pakistan.

After interrogation, she took the name of Nambi  Narayanan and he got arrested. Two scientists D Sasikumaran and deputy director K Chandrasekhar also arrested, including ISRO’s top scientist and cryogenic project director Narayanan, in Thiruvananthapuram.

And SK Sharma, an Indian representative of the Russian Space Agency, a labor contractor, and Fazia Hassan, a friend of the Maldives of Rashida.

All of them were accused of giving secret information about ISRO rocket engines to Pakistan and other information. Intelligence Bureau officials started questioning Narayanan. Narayanan denied the allegations.

In December 1994 the investigation of the case was handed over to the CBI. CBIs, in its investigation, did not find the allegations of the Intelligence Bureau and Kerala Police to be true.

April 1996 the CBI in a report filed in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate said that the case is fake and there is no evidence in favor of the allegations.

In May 1996 Court accepts the CBI report and releases all the accused arrested in the ISRO espionage case. Subsequently, the same year the new CPM government ordered a re-investigation into the case.

May 1998 was the year when Supreme Court again rejects the Kerala government’s order to re-investigate the case.

Filing Petition

In 1999 Narayanan files a petition for compensation. In 2001, the National Human Rights Commission ordered compensation to the Government of Kerala, but the State Government challenged the order.

September 2012, the High court orders the state government to give Rs 10 lakh to Narayanan.

April 2017 Hearing commences in the Supreme Court on the plea of Narayanan on the police officers who falsely implicated the scientist in the case.

Narayanan moved the Supreme Court against the Kerala High Court’s order stating that no action was needed against the former DGP and two retired superintendents of police, KK Joshua and S. Vijayan.

May 2018 A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar, and Justice D Chandrachud, said he is contemplating compensation of Rs 75 lakh to Narayanan and restoring his reputation.

14 September 2018 Supreme Court ordered compensation of Rs 50 lakh to ISRO scientist Narayanan who was a victim of harassment. The court also ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter.

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Social Damage

During those days Nambi’s Narayanan image got damage and people see him as a traitor, because of that his family has also endured tourchering from society. One day his wife went to the temple to pray but people didn’t allow her to in by saying her traitor’s wife.


Nambi Narayanan movie – Rocketry: The Nambi Effect will release this year.  IMDB.

R.Madhwan as a male and Simran as the female lead.


In the book, he has mentioned that how he and his family survived the fake allegation. Written by two people, Nambi and Arun Ram, a journalist who helped him to write.

Book name – Ready To Fire


Padma Bhushan

He fought for 24 years, to come out of the fake allegation.

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