New Delhi, Mar 28: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking a fresh probe into the Mahatma Gandhi assassination case. The apex court said there was no merit in the plea to reopen the Mahatma Gandhi assassination case. After 12 hearings spanning seven months, a bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao rejected the plea. Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi had also opposed the plea.

In January, Senior lawyer Amrendra Sharan, who was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court to assist it in deciding over a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) demanding a fresh probe into Mahatma Gandhi’s death, told the court that there was no evidence to suggest the role of a second attacker in the assassination.

In his petition, Mumbai-based IT professional Pankaj Kumud Chandra Phadnis claimed that shots at Mahatma Gandhi were fired by Nathuram Godse and another ‘mysterious’ person present at the site.

Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, also claimed that four bullet cases were found where Mahatma Gandhi was shot on January 30, 1948. An earlier petition of Phadnis seeking reopening of the Gandhi murder case was dismissed by a high court earlier.