Bangalore Mirror coverage of Murder: High Court takes cognisance of daughter’s plea: After 37 years, doc’s death reopened; to be probed as murder
Posted on | september 19, 2012 | No Comments
His daughter’s suspicions about the nature of his death were heightened when she was warned not to write about the incident in a blog. She approached the High Court, on whose directions the Ashoknagar police have registered a murder case.
Till a few years ago, Roshini Mathan believed that her father had died in an accident. But a phone call warning her to stop writing about her father’s death in ablogaroused her suspicions. With the help of her husband, a doctor, she approached the high court, and the 37-year-old case has now been reopened by the police as one of murder.
According to Roshini, her father JA Mathan, originally from Kolar, was a doctor attached to a PHC in Kollur of Yadgir district. A Hindu, he was married to Agnes Flora, a Christian. Roshini was born a few years after the marriage. According to Roshini, her mother allegedly entered into an extra-marital relationship which led to a split between her parents.
“My father was transferred to Bangalore and posted as health advisor in the department of health services. He started a clinic on Palm Grove Street in Austin Town. On October18, 1975, he was called to his clinic as a woman, Saraswathi, had come there complaining of chest pains. Later, he was found dead on the road some distance away from the clinic,” Roshini said.
“Roshini was two and a half years old at the time. Instead of taking the body to a hospital to confirm the death, Flora and several relatives had the body buried in the cemetery of St Patrick’s Church by convincing the church authorities that it was an accident case. We searched for documentary evidence of the accident but couldn’t find anything in any police station or hospital. Hence, we strongly suspect he was murdered,” Roshini’s husband Savio Pereira said.
“I was writing about my father on my social service society blog. After this, I received calls from two people who threatened me with dire consequences if I did not stop writing about my father’s death under mysterious circumstances,” Roshini alleged. “I lodged a complaint in this regard with the Madiwala police,” she added.
“After this incident, our suspicions about Dr Mathan’s death were heightened. We filed a writ petition and the High Court of Karnataka advised us to submit a complaint to the Ashoknagar police. The case has now been reopened as one of murder,” Savio Pereira told BANGALORE MIRROR.
Mathan’s body was found on the road, some distance away from his clinic. Roshini lost her father J A Mathan when she was two and a half years old.
AUTHOR: Roshni Pereira
E-MAIL: roshniper [at] gmail.com