Mahatma Gandhi assassination: No 'mysterious person' says amicus curiae report

Erika Holt
January 9, 2018

Amarendra Sharan who is the amicus curiae in the Mahatma Gandhi assassination case, on Monday filed a report before the apex court.

The Supreme Court was told today there is no proof to prove that Mahatma Gandhi was killed by a mysterious man.

The PIL filed by Phadnis had claimed that there was a "fourth bullet" that had pierced the Mahatma's body the day he was assassinated (January 30, 1948) and that this bullet was sacked by a second assassin and not Nathuram Godse, the man widely believed to be the murderer of the Father of the Nation.

Phadnis had termed the investigation into Gandhi's assassination as the "biggest cover-up" in the history of India.

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The matter is expected to come up with the Supreme Court bench on 12 January. Amarandra Sharan, appointed by the Supreme Court to examine the documents related to the assassination, said in his report: "Bullets which pierced Gandhi's body, pistol from which it was sacked, assailant who fired bullets, conspiracy and ideology which led to assassination have all been duly identified".

The amicus curiae in his reprot said that no substantive material has come to light to throw any doubt on the investigation of the Mahatma's murder. It had to be from the gun of a second assassin, no trace of whom survives in any record. The recovery of this bullet was declared inadmissible on the insistence of the defence that it had no connection with the assassination, the report said.

Though Savarkar was acquitted of the charges of conspiracy and no appeal was filed against his acquittal, Mr. Sharan pointed out that the Justice Jivan Lal Kapur Fact-Finding Commission had analysed evidence and returned a finding that "all these facts taken together were destructive of any theory other than the conspiracy to murder by Savarkar and his group".

Gandhi was shot dead by Godse in New Delhi on January 30, 1948 and subsequently two people, including Godse was hanged connected to the murder. Following rejected by the Bombay High Court, Phadnis approached the apex court.

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