Gandhi as­sas­si­na­tion: Grand­son moves SC

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Tushar Gandhi, the great-grand­son of Ma­hatma Gandhi, moved the Supreme Court on Mon­day, op­pos­ing a plea seek­ing re­open­ing of the 70-year-old as­sas­si­na­tion case of the Ma­hatma.

A bench of Jus­tices SA Bobde and MM Shan­tanagoudar ques­tioned the lo­cus of Tushar Gandhi in the case.

Se­nior ad­vo­cate Indira Jais­ing, ap­pear­ing for Gandhi, said she will ex­plain the lo­cus if the court moves ahead with is­su­ing of no­tice.

The bench said there were sev­eral ifs and buts in the case and will like to wait for the am­i­cus cu­riae (friend of the court)

Sha­ran’s re­port.

Sha­ran sought four weeks time to file the re­port, say­ing he was yet to re­ceive rel­e­vant doc­u­ments from the Na­tional Archives.

Jais­ing said that she is op-

Am­ren­der pos­ing the re­open­ing of the 70-year-old as­sas­si­na­tion case of Ma­hatma and also ques­tioned the lo­cus of the pe­ti­tioner, Mum­bai-based Pankaj Phad­nis, a re­searcher and a trus­tee of Ab­hi­nav Bharat.

The bench listed the mat- ter af­ter four weeks.

The apex court had on Oc­to­ber 6 ap­pointed se­nior ad­vo­cate Sha­ran as am­i­cus cu­riae to as­sist it in the mat­ter.

The bench had raised a vol­ley of ques­tions in­clud­ing 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.

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