While hearing the petition alleging ‘one of the biggest cover-ups of history’ and to examine whether there is any scope to re-investigate the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, the Supreme Court appointed Senior lawyer Amrender Sharan as an Amicus Curiae. The Petition has been moved to Supreme Court after it has been dismissed by the Bombay High Court.
The Petition to seek re-opening of assassination on various grounds, largely conspiracy has been filed by Mr. Pankaj Phandis, researcher and trustee of right-wing organization, Abhinav Bharat. The Supreme Court in a 15-minute hearing told Mr. Phandis that it do not see any prima facie material in his petition and that they appreciate his passion but are not inclined to interfere. The Supreme Court also said that its observations are not binding on Mr. Sharan. 30th October, 2017 is fixed as the next date of hearing by the Supreme Court.
Mr. Phandis has sought answers to following questions through his petition – whether there was any third assassin apart from Narayan Apte and Nathuram Godse, who shot Mahatma Gandhi at on 30 January, 1948? His petition further alleges that there were four and not three bullets shot at Mahatma Gandhi and the fourth bullet killed him which was shot by the third assassin. He further alleges the involvement of a British secret unit called Force 136 in the Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
The Petition by Mr. Phandis further alleges that the commission set up 1996 did not unravel the complete conspiracy behind the assassination and the apex court had not adjudicated the matter on the case. The petition further pointed out that that the Privy Council in 1949 has also asked the Supreme Court to examine the matter. However, Prior to that could happen, the members of Hindu Mahasabha, Narayan Apte and Nathuram Godse were hanged on 15th November,1949.
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