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No re-investigation into Gandhi assassination: SC

No re-investigation into Gandhi assassination: SC

New Delhi: There is no evidence to prove that the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi was not Nathuram Godse, and there is no need to reopen investigation into the assassination of Gandhi, said Amarendra Sharan, Amicus Curiae in a report submitted to the Supreme Court.

Sharan and his two assistants examined the reports of the trial court running into 4000 pages, after which they submitted before SC that a re-investigation is not warranted.

The Supreme Court had earlier appointed Senior SC lawyer Amarendra Sharan to explore the possibility of a re-investigation into the assassination of Gandhi by Nathuram Vinayak Godse in broad daylight, and before a crowd. The Court's step came in a petition made by Pankaj Fadnis, a member of the Hindutwa linked trust Abhinav Bharat run by Sreekant Purohit, an accused in the Melegav blast case.

The Bench consisting of Justice SA Bobde, and L Nageswara Rao took the step when the petition was filed asking for such an enquiry into the fatal shooting on 30 Jan 1948. The public interest petition with the same prayer was rejected by the Mumbai high court in June 2016.

The petitioner claimed that the Gandhi assassination is one of the biggest cover-ups of history and he had evidence that there was a third individual involved in the shooting. He argued that in addition to the three bullets shot by Godse, there was a fourth bullet and it was this that caused the death of Gandhi.

But the court reminded the petitioner that the court could not go by political sentiments, and to order a reinvestigation the court needed a human being as accused. The petitioner then argued that although that individual died recently, the related documents were accessible. It was following this that SC decided to appoint an Amicus Curiae whom the court asked to examine whether there were any facts and documents to warrant the assassination that took place 70 years ago.

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