‘Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination conspirators yet to be identified’

New Delhi: In an exclusive interview to OTV, Mumbai- based IT Professional Pankaj Chandra Phadnis, who has filed a petition in the Supreme Court for a probe into the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, said the conspirators are yet to be identified.

Phadnis said, “In 1965, the government ruled out that the information on assassination of Mahatma Gandhi obtained by police was incomplete and thus formed Kapoor Commission for an inquiry into the conspiracy behind Gandhi’s murder. Though the Commission had got substantial information, no further investigation was made into the evidences.

“I have found other evidences which were not even handed by the Kapoor Commission. Hence, a new commission is required to further investigate the conspiracy to murder Gandhiji”

Phadnis further stated “There is no doubt that Nathuram Godse killed Gandhiji and was also punished for it. But, how he got the pistol and who gave it to him is yet to be established.”

He said that since the death sentence was executed on November 15, 1949 and Supreme Court came into existence on January 26, 1950, therefore the assassination of Gandhi was never looked into by the top court on merits.

He told the court that there were three people who were involved in the assassination of Gandhi and only two of them, including Nathuram Godse, were sentenced to death.

The Supreme Court on Friday appointed senior counsel A Saran to examine the material produced by a petitioner to ascertain whether there was need for further probe into the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

While asking Saran to examine the material produced by Phadnis, the bench headed by Justice SA Bobde however said that prima facie they don’t find the material to be sufficient to order further investigation.