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PIL in Supreme Court: Was there a second assassin of Mahatma Gandhi?

May,31,2017:

Petition puts forth a Theory that a Fourth Bullet was also fired.

Was there a second assassin of Mahatma Gandhi
Was there a second assassin of Mahatma Gandhi

Though police went by theory that three bullets were fired upon him, was there a fourth bullet also which was fired by someone apart from Nathuram Godse?

These questions are among the several which have been raised in a petition before the Supreme Court with a plea that there is a compelling need to uncover larger conspiracy behind murder of Mahatma by constituting a new Commission of Inquiry.

Petition raises questions about the investigation into Gandhi’s murder suggesting whether it was one of biggest cover-up in history and also whether there was any basis to blame Vinayak Damodar Savarkar for his death?

Petition by Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and trustee of the Abhinav Bharat, Mumbai, has claimed that Justice J L Kapur Commission of Inquiry set up in 1966 had not been able to unearth entire conspiracy that culminated in killing of the Father of the Nation.

Phadnis has aquestioned three bullet theory relied upon by the various courts of law to hold conviction of accused, including Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte, who were hanged to death on November 15, 1949, while Savarkar was given benefit of doubt due to lack of evidence.

Inspired by Savarkar, Abhinav Bharat, Mumbai, was set up in 2001 and it claims to work for socially and economically weaker section with a focus on bridging digital divide.

Phadnis claimed that his research and the media reports of those days suggested that the four bullets were pumped into Gandhi and difference between three and four shots was material as pistol by which Godse shot Mahatma on January 30, 1948, had a seven bullet chamber and remaining four unspent bullets were recovered by Police.

According to the petition,”There was no way the fourth shot could have come from this (Godse’s) pistol. It had to be from gun of a second assassin, no trace of whom survives in any record”.

Besides approaching SC, Phadnis has shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for expunging of the “adverse unfounded” remarks made by Kapur Commission against Savarkar, whose portrait was unveiled in 2003 in Central Hall of Parliament.

Elaborating on his efforts, Phadnis stated that for last two decades, he has been “fighting a war to unearth truth behind the horrors of the partition, clear name of Veer Savarkar and bring before nation, true murderers of Mahatma.

He has challenged decision of High Court which on June 6, 2016 had dismissed his PIL on two grounds, firstly, that findings of fact have been recorded by competent court and confirmed right up to Apex cCourt and secondly, Kapur Commission has submitted its report and made observations in 1969 while present petition has been filed after a gap of 46 years.

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