Supreme Court in verdict on Monday said that there is no need to probe Mahatma Gandhi murder case again.
The major argument of the Supreme Court is that it is a well known fact that Vinayak Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi. And there is no mysterious man behind the murder.
Supreme court has given this verdict on a petition filed by Mumbai-based Dr Parkas Phadnis , a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat. He has sought re-opening of the probe on several grounds, claiming it was one of the biggest cover-ups in the history.
The Supreme Court had appointed a senior advocate Amrender Sharan as amicus curiae to assist it in the matter.
A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao was initially of the view that “nothing can be done in law” in the case which was decided long ago, but later told Sharan, a former additional solicitor general, that its observation was not binding on him to make an assessment of the matter.
The bench, which posted the matter for further hearing on October 30, raised a volley of questions The major question of Supreme Court earlier was that how evidence could be collected now to order further investigation into the case which had led to the conviction and execution of Nathuram Vinayak Godse and Narayan Apte on November 15, 1949.
Gandhi was shot dead at point blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948 by Godse, a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism.
The petitioner’s argument was that he should be given a time as his appeal before the National Archives and Research Administration, Maryland in the USA, was yet to be decided for de-classifying of certain sensitive documents connected with the assassination.
The petitioner has questioned the ‘three bullet theory’ relied upon by various courts of law to hold the conviction of accused Godse and Apte, who were hanged, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who was given the benefit of doubt due to lack of evidence.
He has also claimed that there could be a third assassin other than the two convicted persons and submitted that there was a need to investigate whether the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), an intelligence agency of the US during World War II and a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), had tried to protect Gandhi.
At the outset, Phadnis sought some time to file certain additional documents to buttress his plea that reopening of investigation in the assassination case was required.