Mumbai doctor's PIL to probe Mahatma Gandhi's murder dismissed

The Bombay High Court on Monday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a city-based doctor claiming that Mahatma Gandhi’s murder should be re-investigated.

The bench comprising justices V M Kanade and M S Sonak dismissed the petition in which Pankaj Kumudchandra Phadnis, a resident of Dadar, had asked the court to set up a new panel to probe the Gandhi murder.
Phadnis had also asked in the petition to clear the name of Veer Savarkar from the report of the JL Kapur Commission that was formed to investigate the Gandhi murder case, as he was acquitted.

“I wanted to get the name of Savarkar cleared from the commissions report. I have forensic evidence to back my claim. If we claim that Gandhi is the father of nation, then the truth should come out in his murder case,” said Phadnis.

Phadnis is a trustee of Mumbai-based Abhinav Bharat that is inspired from Savarkar’s works and insisted that it has no connection with the Pune-based right wing Hindu extremist organisation that goes by the same name.

Phadnis in his petition claimed that Gandhi received four bullet wounds as against three as mentioned by the Kapur commission. He further claimed that several eyewitnesses gave statements that were contradicting on the number of bullet wounds and the police too recovered four bullets from the pistol, which has the carrying capacity of seven. That means somebody else was present there, Phadnis claimed.

Phadnis, who has been researching on this topic for two decades, also mentioned in his petition that there is no evidence to show the source of the Beretta 9 mm pistol that was used by Nathuram Godse to shoot Gandhi. He suspected that it was most likely given by an agency called Force 136 that was the secret service of the British authorities to carry out assassinations of powerful people in the country.

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