SC to see fresh paper on Gandhiji murder

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:04 AM IST
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The petitioner has claimed that the Mahatma fell dead from the fourth bullet fired by a British agent.

New Delhi : The Supreme Court that wanted to throw out a PIL (public interest litigation) seeking fresh probe into Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on Monday agreed to examine a document the petitioner claimed to have obtained from the Library of Congress, New York, to show the larger conspiracy.

The Bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageshwar Rao posted the matter for March 6, asking Dr Pankaj Kumudchandra Phadnis of Mumbai to file a formal application explaining the details of the document.

He appeared before the court with the document in a sealed cover seeking permission to file it, claiming that it was banned by the Government of India in 1948 and he has already moved the Bombay High Court to lift this ban.

In his PIL, he has claimed that the Mahatma fell dead from the fourth bullet fired by a British agent. The document of the US Library of Congress that he wanted to file is a diplomatic telegram from the US Embassy’s vice-counsel Thomas Reiner who was one to nab Godse after the killing of Gandhi but his name figured nowhere in the murder trial.

Dr Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat founded in 2006 in Pune by Lt Col. Prasad Shrikant Purohit being tried in the Malegaon blast on 2008, also claimed that a senior American attorney with 40 years standing has given an opinion that forensic technologies were available to examine very old documents like the newspaper cuttings of 1948 that may be very useful in exposing some mysteries behind the Mahatma’’s assassination.

Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead at point-blank range in New Delhi on 30 January 1948, by Nathuram Vinayak Godse, a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism and all efforts of Dr Phadnis are to show he died not from three bullets fired by Godse but from the fourth fired by a British agent that was not taken into account in the investigations.

Dr Phadnis believes a probe based on the new documents he was furnishing would clear the blot on on Marathi people in general and Veer Savarkar in particular for being the cause of the Mahatma’s death.

On the last date of hearing, the court had asked him pointed questions on the basis of a report by amicus curiae Amerendra Sharan it had appointed to examine a huge volume of documents submitted by Dr Phadnis.

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