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SC to hear PIL on reopening Gandhi murder case: Filer of PIL believes Nathuram Godse wasn't the only killer!
We all firmly believe that Nathuram Godse was the man who killed the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, and until now, we had virtually no reason to doubt this fact, after all, our school history text books said so!

However, Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a self-confessed devotee of Veer Sarvarkar begs to differ and has approached the Supreme Court of India with his PIL requesting for reopening the murder case of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

According to Phadnis, who has been doing extensive research on Gandhi's assassination for almost 20 years, not three but four bullets were fired at Gandhi and it was in fact the fourth bullet that killed him. Although Phadnis' earlier petition seeking the same had been dismissed by the Bombay High Court, it did not impede his resolve to unearth the truth behind the murder.

Through his PIL which the SC is scheduled to hear on October 6, Phadnis has demanded a fresh probe into the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. His suggestion is that a high-powered committee should be formed comprising of Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr VK Singh and Dr Justice Chandrachud to examine the voluminous evidence that he has collected pertaining to the case and advice the court.

As per Phadnis, "most newspapers throughout the world" reported that four bullets were fired at Gandhi, but the fourth bullet has always remained a mystery. What makes the murder even more intriguing is that the murder weapon, Beretta semi-automatic pistol with registration number 606824, which was recovered from Godse could fire only seven bullets. Out of those seven bullets, only three were found fired while four unspent bullets were recovered. It means that the fourth bullet could have only come from another pistol, which explains the two-gun theory being suggested by Phadnis.

Phadnis' conspiracy theory leads us to Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh. As per TOI, which has access to police records of 1948, the Beretta used by Godse was provided by Dr Dattatraya Parchure of Gwalior, who interestingly owned another Beretta with registration number 719791. While one Beretta was recovered from the crime scene, the other one was found from Dr Parchure's home.

Although according to Phadnis, the Kapoor Commission, which probed Mahatma Gandhi's murder, did a commendable job of chronicling a lot of information which would have otherwise been lost, at the same time, the commission ignored vital pieces of information including the statement of the prime witness in the case Manuben Gandhi. He alleges that Manuben was never produced during the trial despite being the prime eyewitness as her story could have been injurious to the prosecution. According to Manuben, Godse had visited Birla House (the place of murder) in the afternoon on January 30, where he could have easily killed Gandhi but did not do so.

Phadnis also believes that Gandhi's murder is 'the biggest cover-up of Indian history'!

Phadnis further goes on to say that his evidence suggests that Force 136 (a British subversive unit of World War II) was behind Gandhi's murder. To support his theory, on why would the British kill Gandhi, Phadnis points out towards a few reasons including the British not wanting Gandhi to visit Pakistan on Jinnah's invitation.

What exactly happened on January 30, 1948 at 5:17 pm at the Birla House in New Delhi is only a matter of academic debate with almost seven decades gone by. However, the ulterior motive behind filling of the PIL by Phadnis seems to be a last ditch effort to absolve the RSS and Veer Sarvarkar of the murder of the apostle of peace – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

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