Supercopís image often shiny, twice clouded
The latter case involves a schoolgirl who was lured away from her home in Suryanelli in January 1996 and raped for 40 days by several men at various places in Kerala. The lone person convicted, S S Dharmarajan, as well as the victimís father have alleged that Mathews, then a DIG, had pressured them not to reveal the name of P J Kurien, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman. The father has alleged that Mathews, as head of the investigation team, had pledged that all involved would be convicted if Kurienís name was not revealed. Even retired SP K K Joshwa, who had been with Mathews in probing the ISRO spy scandal, the Suryanelli rape and the Kalluvathukal hooch tragedy, has turned against his former boss. Mathews has rejected the allegation and pointed out that two other teams, which probed the rape before and after his team did, had given a clean chit to Kurien.
The ISRO spy probe had turned out to be false, but by then it had ruined the professional and personal lives of two