Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan on Friday was asked by the Supreme Court to assist and find whether Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination can be probed again. A two judge bench comprising of Justice S A Bobde and Justice L Nageswara Rao asked Amarendra Sharan to ascertain whether there is material evidence to accept the petition seeking re-investigation of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.

Mahatma Gandhi was killed by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948. Gandhi was shot dead at point blank range by a Beretta M1934 semi-automatic pistol in .380 ACP calibre. Nathuram Vinayak Godse was an advocate of right-wing Hindu nationalism.

Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a Mumbai based researcher has sought reopening of the case and has called it was one of the biggest cover-ups in history. Pankaj also said that he had proof to show that a third person was involved in the murder.

The petitioner, Dr Pankaj Phadnis also asked the court to conduct forensic test of the documents written by police inspector who had arrested Nathuram Godse.

The Supreme Court told Dr Pankaj Phadnis that, “We cannot go by political passions. The human being should be existing to face a trial if you want to order further investigation.”

As per reports, the pistol that killed Gandhi changed many hands in Gwalior finally it came to Jagdish Prasad Goel who passed it on to Gangadhar Dandavate and finally it was delivered to Nathuram Godse. However there has been no concrete evidence to prove the ownership of the .380 Beretta pistol that bears the number 606824.

First Published | 6 October 2017 1:42 PM
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