Next Hearing on PIL To Reopen Gandhi Assassination Investigation

The petition claims that the original investigation never uncovered the full truth behind the plot to kill Gandhi.

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Representational statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed an amicus curiae to assist in hearing a petition requesting that the investigation into Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination be reopened. The petition, filed by Abhinav Bharat trustee Dr Pankaj Phadnis, claims that the original investigation never uncovered the entire truth behind the plot to kill Gandhi, and that another shooter was involved apart from Nathuram Godse.

The Bombay High Court had dismissed Phadnis’s petition on 6 June 2016, noting that the Justice JL Kapur Commission of Inquiry had already submitted a report on the investigations in 1969.

Phadnis argues that four, not three bullets hit Gandhi, which would mean a second shooter was involved as only three shots were fired from Godse’s gun, facts he says were covered up in the report. 

The present case before the Supreme Court is an appeal against the decision of the Bombay High Court.

Justices Bobde and Nageswara Rao of the apex court raised doubts as to whether it was possible for the court to reopen the investigation under the law, noting that they wouldn’t be able to prosecute any organisation for the killing of Gandhi.

However, they decided to ask senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General Amrender Sharan to make an assessment of the matter, and assigned 30 October as the date for the next hearing. Sharan is to be given access to the materials put forward by Phadnis, and assess the legal position on what can happen next.

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