Did CIA Try To Protect Mahatma Gandhi, PIL Asks

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Did CIA Try To Protect Mahatma Gandhi, PIL Asks

The petition over Mahatma Gandhi was filed by a researcher of Abhinav Bharat in Mumbai. (File)

New Delhi:  Did the Workplace of Strategic Companies or OSS, an intelligence company of the USA throughout World Warfare II and a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Company or CIA, attempt to shield Mahatma Gandhi?This query is one amongst many raised earlier than the Supreme Court docket in a petition which has sought the re-opening of investigation into Mahatma Gandhi’s homicide, suggesting whether or not it was one of many largest cover-ups in historical past.

In his written submission, Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, Mumbai, who has filed the petition, mentioned telegrams have been despatched from the US Embassy to Washington on January 30, 1948 after the assassination of Mr Gandhi and one of many reviews regarding it nonetheless stays categorised.

He has placed on file one of many telegrams “obtained formally” by him throughout his current go to to the Nationwide Archives and Analysis Administration, Maryland within the USA, throughout a go to in Might this 12 months.

Mr Phadnis maintained that as per the “restricted” telegram of January 30, 1948 despatched from the US Embassy at eight pm, Herbert Tom Reiner, Disburing Officer, was inside 5 toes of Gandhi when he was shot, and with assistance from Indian guards, he had apprehended the murderer.

“The mentioned Reiner filed a report on reaching the Embassy later within the night. Nonetheless, after 70 years, the mentioned report stays categorised. The petitioner (Phadnis himself) has filed an software below the Freedom of Info Act (FOIA of USA) for declassification of the mentioned report,” he mentioned in his written submission in assist of the petition, which is listed for listening to on October 6 within the prime court docket.

Mr Phadnis has knowledgeable the apex court docket about his communication with the US authorities during which he has talked about the third telegram despatched later the identical night, apparently after the debriefing of Reiner. It has been marked ‘confidential’.”The third telegram is the subject material of my FOIA request and has not been provided to me,” he has informed the US authorities, including he has filed an attraction on this regard.

Mr Phadnis, who has additionally sought a probe to determine whether or not there was a second murderer of Mr Gandhi apart from Nathuram Godse, mentioned he was making an attempt onerous to get the US paperwork declassified to know whether or not there was a “international hand”.

The petitioner, who has been conducting analysis on the problem since 1996, will likely be launching an internet petition with the White Home on October 2 to demand declassification of the third telegram despatched by Reiner.

Within the petition, Mr Phadnis has additionally questioned the ‘three bullet principle’ relied upon by numerous courts of regulation to carry the conviction of accused — Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte who have been hanged to loss of life on November 15, 1949, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who was given the advantage of doubt because of lack of proof.

He has claimed that the Justice J L Kapur Fee of Inquiry arrange in 1966 was not capable of unearth the complete conspiracy that had led to the killing of Gandhi.

Impressed by Savarkar, Abinav Bharat, Mumbai, was arrange in 2001 and it claims to work for socially and economically weaker sections with a deal with bridging the digital divide.

Mr Phadnis has challenged the choice of the Bombay Excessive Court docket which on June 6, 2016 had dismissed his PIL on two grounds — firstly, that the findings of reality have been recorded by the competent court docket and confirmed proper as much as the highest court docket, and secondly, the Kapur Fee has submitted its report and made the observations in 1969, whereas the current petition has been filed 46 years later.

The petitioner mentioned the case is one which considerations the reality behind the true arms or culprits who had carried out the dastardly act of assassinating Gandhi and likewise their hidden agenda of derailing the ‘Gandhi-Jinnah Folks-to-Folks Contact’ programme that the Mahatma had deliberate to embark upon.

This plan was derailed due to his assassination, the results of that are being felt even now, he contended.

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