New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked some searching questions on the plea seeking re-investigation into the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
The apex court has asked former Additional Solicitor General Amarendra Sharan to assist the court as amicus curiae in the case. The PIL has been filed by a Mumbai-based IT Consultant Pankaj Kumudchandra Phadnis.
After a hearing which lasted about 15 minutes, a bench comprising Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao appointed senior advocate and former additional solicitor general Amrender Sharan as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter.
During the hearing, the apex court was initially of the view that “nothing can be done in law” in the case which has been decided long ago.
However, it later told Sharan that its observation was not binding on him to make an assessment of the matter and posted it for further hearing on October 30.
The petition filed by Mumbai-based Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, has sought re-opening of the probe on several grounds, claiming it was one of the biggest cover-ups in history.
At the outset, Phadnis sought some time to file certain additional documents to buttress his plea that reopening of investigation in the assassination case was required.