Supreme Court dismissed petition seeking an inquiry into assassination of Mahatma Gandhi

The Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking an inquiry into the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Court held that such a plea was not maintainable in seeking to reopen a murder case after seventy years when the convicts have also been executed.

The PIL was filed by an I-T professional, Dr Pankaj Kumudchandra Phadnis in October 2017.
The bench relies upon the submissions of senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, who was appointed as amicus curiae to assist the Court.

Sharan, in his report, had maintained that allegation raised regarding involvement of some foreign intelligence agency in the assassination was baseless and not substantiated by any evidence.

“Bullets which pierced Gandhi’s body, pistol from which it was fired, assailant who fired bullets, conspiracy and ideology which led to assassination have all been duly identified. No material has come to light to throw any doubt. There is no need either of a re-investigation or to constitute a fresh fact finding commission with respect to Mahatma Gandhi assassination case,” he had told the Court.

Last year when the matter was taken up, the Supreme Court had wondered whether it will be “wise and legal” to reopen Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination case after six decades.

The apex court had earlier asked former Additional Solicitor General Amarendra Sharan to assist the court as amicus curiae in the case. As per reports, Phadnis’ previous petition, seeking reopening of the Gandhi murder case, was dismissed by a high court earlier. Dr Phadnis, in his petition, claimed that Gandhi’s death should be probed, as there was still a complete myth about the fourth bullet being fired by the convict. “The matter should be re-investigated and should have a thorough probe,” Dr Phadnis in his petition claimed.
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