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SC asks petitioner locus for seeking re-probe into Mahatma's

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today posed searching questions to a petitioner, who is seeking re- investigation in the of Mahatma Gandhi, and asked him to satisfy it on aspects of delay and his locus to raise this issue.

The apex made it clear that it would go only by and not the stature of the person involved in the case.

A bench comprising Bobde and L told the petitioner not to get carried away by the greatness of the person involved as the issue was whether there was any evidence available in the matter.

"You (petitioner) have to answer a couple of very important points. One of them is delay. The other is locus. the third is the fact that because of the delay, every piece of evidence pertaining to the incident is lost," the bench said adding that almost all witnesses related to the case have passed away.

The was hearing a plea filed by Mumbai-based Dr

, a of Abhinav Bharat, who has sought reopening of investigation on several grounds, claiming it was one of the biggest cover-ups in the history.

Meanwhile, Phadnis requested for time to respond to the report filed by Amarendra Sharan, who has been appointed as an amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter.

Sharan, in his report filed in the court, has said that there was no need to re-investigate Mahatma's case as the conspiracy behind the murder and identity of assailant who had fired the bullets have already been duly established.

The bench granted four weeks time to the petitioner to file his response to the report of the amicus.

During the hearing the bench told the petitioner that the issue was whether any admissible evidence was available at present.

"Don't get carried away with the greatness of the person involved. This is about whether there is any evidence available or not," the bench observed adding, "court will act according to the and rule and not as per stature of person involved.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 12:15 IST