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Probe ordered into termination of DRDO scientist Aijaz Mirza: Report

Wednesday March 27, 2013 06:48:35 PM, Agencies

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence has ordered a probe into the termination of junior scientist Aijaz Ahmad Mirza from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) after his arrest by the police.


DRDO scientist Aijaz Ahmed Mirza was arrested on terror charges but released on bail as the National Investigation Agency did not file a charge sheet against him.

"Defence Minister AK Antony ordered a departmental inquiry into the termination of Mirza", a New Delhi based news portal claimed Wednesday.


Mirza had joined DRDO early last year on a two-year JRF contract. DRDO had no complaint about Mirza since he joined in January 2012 till he was arrested in September 2012. In the termination letter dated 12th Feb. 2013, DRDO did not mention any reason.


After Mirza was released on bail, Jutice Katju demanded from the government to reinstate him to his DRDO post as there was no proof that he was involved in any anti-national or illegal activities.


"If there is no evidence against Mirza, he should be reinstated and given adequate compensation, besides an open apology by central and state governments", Katju said in a letter written to Defence Minister A K Antony and Karnataka Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar.


The demand was later supported by various NGOs and activists. It was also raised in the parliament by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.


“Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, a DRDO scientist, was released today. He was released because NIA did not find any evidence against him. For what reasons was his contract terminated by DRDO?", Owaisi said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday while participating in the debate over the President's speech.


"He had two years of contract. As a community, we don't have scientists. He was wrongly implicated, he was released by NIA. I want to know from the government what sort of secularism its practicing,” he said. 











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