THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The revelations of Sibi Mathews, the officer who investigated the ISRO espionage case, assumes significance in the wake of interpretations that the case was cleverly used against the then Chief Minister K Karunakaran by his rival camp, State Administrative Reforms Commission chairperson V S Achuthanandan has said.
Achuthanandan was speaking after releasing Sibi Mathews’ book ‘Nirbhayam’ by handing over a copy to poet and activist B Sugathakumari at the Press Club here on Saturday.
“Sibi Mathews has narrated in detail the chronology of the ISRO espionage case and the pressure he had to face at various phases of the investigation. It cannot be said whether the spy case was truth or fiction as the author has not stated whether the incidents that form the basis of the case actually happened or not. He has left it for the reader to decide,” Achuthanandan said.
The veteran Marxist leader said the acuity shown by Mathews during his investigation has also been reflected in his deductions on the case. He added the various cases mentioned in his book have scope for multiple interpretations and deductions.
Sugathakumari, who spoke on the occasion, voiced her concern over the increasing corruption and ego of individuals. She also noted it was difficult for the common man to get justice due to political, religious and monetary influences.
Writer Perumbadavam Sreedharan spoke on the occasion. State Police Chief T P Senkumar, Director General (Prisons) R Sreelekha and Excise Commissioner Rishiraj Singh were present.