Mahatma Gandhi assassination: SC appoints amicus curiae on plea seeking re-probe


New Delhi: The Supreme Court hearing a plea seeking re-probe into the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi appointed amicus curiae to assist the court in the case.

Senior advocate and former additional solicitor general Amrender Sharan was appointed as amicus curiae by a bench comprising Justice S A Bobde and Justice L Nageswara Rao.

The petition – filed by Mumbai-based Dr. Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat – has sought the reopening of the probe on several grounds, claiming it was one of the biggest cover-ups in history.

The plea claims more than two people were involved in the assassination of the Mahatma.

During the hearing which lasted about 15 minutes, the apex court was initially of the view that “nothing can be done in law” in the case which has been decided long ago. It also said it might be difficult to open the matter again.

The next hearing in the case would take place on October 30.

The leader of India’s freedom movement, Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead at point-blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Vinayak Godse, a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism.

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