The Supreme Court on Friday has appointed a senior advocate, Amarendra Sharan to help it examining whether Mahatma Gandhi’s killing can be probed again. A bench including Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao asked Sharan to find evidence to accept a petition seeking re-investigation into the murder that happened decades ago.
Gandhi was shot dead on 30 January, 1948 by Nathuram Vinayak Godse, an advocate of right-wing Hindu nationalism in Delhi. The petition was filed by Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat.
Phadnis has sought to reopen of the investigation on several grounds claiming that it was one of the biggest cover-ups in history. He said such a probe was necessary as he had evidence to show that a third person was involved. However, the issue was not entirely probed as the Supreme Court of India wasn’t present at that time.
“We can’t go by political passions. The human being should be existing to face a trial if you want to order further investigation,” the bench told the petitioner. The petitioner also asked the court to conduct a forensic test of the documents penned by the cop who had held Godse. “He said the documents are there, although he passed away recently,” the petitioner said.