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Tushar Gandhi moves SC opposing reopening of Mahatma’s assassination case

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

A Bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and M.M. Shantanagoudar questioned the locus standi of Mr. Tushar Gandhi in the case.

Indira Jaising, senior advocate appearing for Mr. Gandhi, urged the court to issue notice.

The Bench said there were several ifs and buts in the case and would like to wait for the report of amicus curiae Amarender Sharan.

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

Ms. Jaising said she was opposing the reopening of the assassination case of the Mahatma, and questioned the locus of the petitioner, Mumbai-based Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and trustee of Abhinav Bharat.

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.

Gandhiji was shot dead at point blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948 by Godse.

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