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
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.