The remarks came as the US in recent days stepped up efforts to put pressure on Pakistan to do more to combat terrorism.
"Our expectations are straight forward: Taliban and Haqqani leadership and attack planners should no longer be able to find safe haven or conduct operations from Pakistani soil," Pentagon Press Secretary Army Col Rob Manning told reporters during an off-camera news conference.
He said the US had conveyed 'specific and concrete steps' to Pakistan that it could take to eliminate terror networks on its soil.
"We stand ready to work together with Pakistan to combat terrorist groups without distinction," Manning said.
He reiterated that the amount -- $900 million in the Coalition Support Fund to Pakistan -- has been suspended, not cancelled or reprogrammed.
This amount is a part of the security assistance to Pakistan.
"The amount has been suspended, not cancelled or reprogrammed, as we continue to hope that Pakistan will take decisive action against the terrorist and militant groups that we seek.
"This suspension is not a permanent cutoff at this time.Security funding and pending deliveries will be frozen, but not cancelled or reprogrammed at this time," Manning said. -- PTI
"Vishal Kariya, who owns hotels and pubs in Mumbai, was placed under arrest after a team of N M Joshi Marg police picked him for questioning," Deputy Commissioner of Police Akhilesh Mishra told PTI.
During investigation, it came to light that 42-year-old Kariya sheltered Kripesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Mankar-- the three owners of 1 Above pub-- at his residence, he said.
Police recovered a high-end car of Mankar, which was found parked at Kariya's place, he said.
The Sanghvi brothers and Mankar are absconding since December 29 when the fire swept through '1 Above' and adjacent Mojo's Bistro resto pub in Kamala Mills compound in central Mumbai.
N M Joshi Marg police station senior inspector Ahmed Pathan said the trio were booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and other offences under various sectionsof the Indian Penal Code.
The Mumbai Police also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for whereabouts about the accused trio, he said. -- PTI
Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
In July last year, seven Dalits of Mota Samadhiyala village were allegedly paraded and flogged for skinning a dead cow, an incident that caused nation-wide outrage after its video went viral.
Later, four of these Dalit youths were taken to Una town, where they were tied up with a vehicle and allegedly thrashed by the cow vigilantes.
A member of the Dalit family has alleged that the state government did not fulfil its promise to give jobs and a piece of land to the victims.
"We have decided to convert to Buddhism as we have faced a lot of discrimination due to our traditional profession for skinning dead animals," Vashram Sarvaiya said, the eldest of three brothers who were beaten up by a group of cow vigilantes on July 11, 2016, near their village along with their father when they were skinning dead cows.
"We are yet to finalise the date, but we have asked the community members to come together and convert to Buddhism in large numbers," he told PTI.
Sarvaiya alleged that the government did not constitute aspecial court to try the case of assault -- as was promised by then Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.
"The accused are roaming free after they were released on bail, and the case drags on. We haven't been given anything aspromised by the state government.
"All we have got was Rs 3 lakh that is given to Dalit victims in atrocity cases, but most of the money was spent on litigation and medicines as our father Ashok Sarvaiya continues to suffer due to the thrashing and needs to be taken to a Ahmedabad hospital for treatment," he said.
With most of the accused out on bail, the family members are scared of stepping out of their home, Sarvaiya said.
The matter came to light after a video of flogging, allegedly made by the cow vigilantes, went viral on social media platforms.
The police had arrested 20 people in the matter. -- PTI
Joshi said the producers had re-submitted the film with the changes suggested by the board's advisory panel, which reviewed the Sanjay Leela Bhansali period drama recently.
"The makers have submitted the final film with agreed five modifications. These modifications have tried to incorporate observations and suggestions given by the advisory panel, in keeping with the sentiments of society.
"This has already been communicated by the CBFC and a U/A certificate has been given to the film. The CBFC's process is complete and any further news about cuts etc is absolutely untrue," Joshi said in a statement to PTI.
He said the board had already cleared the film and it should not be dragged into any controversy, in an apparent reference to a newspaper report that said the modifications suggested by the board would entail some 300 cuts.
The report said the makers had been asked to remove all references to names of places.
"Let's refrain from utilising the CBFC's name unnecessarily," Joshi said. -- PTI
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad contrasted the Congress chief's address last night with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to 270 Indian origin (PIO) parliamentarians in which he focused on boosting ties between India and other countries.
"The nation is watching who is working to break it. It is the Congress which has spread hatred in the country for the longest period," he told reporters while using Congress' association with Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani to attack Gandhi.
He said Jignesh, a Dalit leader supported by the Congress in the Gujarat assembly polls, had joined hands with Umar Khalid, accused of raising anti-India slogans in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, and said Gandhi has strengthened Mewani and his allies.
Gandhi had yesterday accused the government of dividing people on the basis of caste and religion, alleging it was converting the anger of jobless youth into hatred among communities.
Prasad questioned Gandhi's remarks and said they had expected that he would not harp on political differences and 'spread hatred in a foreign country as he did in India'.
"The BJP strongly condemns Rahul Gandhi's irresponsible utterances.... He is spreading hatred among people," he said.
Hitting back at the Congress leader, the law minister wondered if the Congress' stand on the triple talaq bill worked to spread love or hate in the society.
He accused the Congress of failing to take a stand on an issue of woman's respect and justice.
Rahul's father and the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had committed a 'sin' by passing a law under pressure from Muslim bodies to negate a Supreme Court order to provide alimony to Shah Bano after her husband divorced her, he said.
The same Muslim body is now opposing the triple talaq bill, Prasad said, claiming that the Congress' decision to stall it in Rajya Sabha was a case of double standards influenced by vote bank politics.
Citing Mudra loans given to tens of millions of people, rise in road construction works and opening of call centres in tier two cities, Prasad said this has led to creation of employment as he refuted Gandhi's charge that the government had not created enough jobs. -- PTI
IMAGE: Congress president Rahul Gandhi with the Crown Prince of Bahrain, HRH Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Photograph: @OfficeofRG/Twitter
Principal Ganesh Kumar also said he has formed a five- member committee to analyse the losses caused due to the fire.
Crucial documents were feared destroyed as the fire, that broke out at 10 am yesterday, engulfed the principal's office and an adjacent record room, the fire department said yesterday.
"The documents related to the oxygen supply case are safe and they were kept at some safe place," Kumar said.
Samajwadi Party district unit president Prahlad Yadav had expressed suspicion the fire was an act of sabotage to destroy vital documents related to provision of oxygen to the hospital and files pertaining to restricted supply that led to deaths of children.
"I was on leave when the incident happened and when I reached my office I was shocked to see the damage," the principal said.
He said the five-member committee comprises a finance controller, civil engineer, maintenance engineer, and senior officials of the college.
"My personal assistant is making a list of the documents of my office and only after the report, anything could be said about the losses," he said.
District Magistrate Rajiv Routela yesterday asked ADM city, Rajneesh Chandra, to probe the matter and submit a report.
A probe committee headed by the fire service department will also give its report on the reasons behind the fire.
The medical college had hit the headlines in August last year when 63 children, including infants, died within a span of four days allegedly because the oxygen supply was disrupted due to non-payment of dues to the vendor. -- PTI
More than 10 warships from the Indian Navy including the aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, three submarines and various naval aircraft participated in operational manoeuvres conducted off at the western coast of India.
Sitharaman initially embarked INS Kolkata, the first of the indigenously built Kolkata Class destroyers and then spent the night at sea on-board INS Vikramaditya.
To assess the performance of the carrier in real conditions, the defence minister 'transited' through a simulated 'multi-threat' environment on board along with her 'escorts' during the night of January 8.
Reviewing the maritime prowess of the Indian Navy over the two days, Sitharaman presided over a multiple complex naval operations including air interceptions, missile, gun and rocket firings, ship-to-ship replenishment, night flying and antisubmarine operations.
The Western Fleet of the Indian Navy undertook these major naval manoeuvres off the western seaboard of India to showcase operational excellence and combat capabilities.
Sitharaman commented on the readiness of the Indian Navy and said, "Having witnessed first-hand the prowess of the Western Fleet, I am confident that the Indian Navy is fully capable of defending the nation against any form of threat.
"Continuing the effort to collect feedback from Armed Forces Personnel at all operational levels of the military, Sitharaman interacted closely and had open discussions with the sailors on-board the warships. -- ANI
IMAGE: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on board MiG 29K during her visit to INS Vikramaditya for witnessing Naval Operations and Maritime Prowess of the Western Fleet of Indian Navy on Tuesday. Photograph: Courtesy @indiannavy/Twitter
The DRI officials intercepted the woman when she was on a flight to Hong Kong yesterday, the agency said in a statement.
"During examination of her checked in and hand baggage, $4,80,200 wrapped in aluminium foil having a market value of Rs 3.25 crore, has been recovered," it said. During interrogation, it came to light that the woman was a carrier of a major international hawala syndicate and has carried foreign currencies many times for a Delhi-based hawala operator, it said.
The operator, identified as Amit Malhotra, is a resident of Vivek Vihar area in Delhi, a senior DRI official said.
He said Malhotra used crew members for smuggling forex.
"Malhotra would collect money from some bullion dealers in Delhi and send it via some air hostess to select foreign destinations. The money was being used for purchasing gold abroad. The gold would then be sent to India illegally," the official said.
Malhotra had befriended the Jet Airways crew six months ago during a flight to India, he said.
The DRI suspected the role of some other crew members of Jet Airways in smuggling out forex, the official said.
"Malhotra has been illegally smuggling forex for the past over one year. There are some other crew members involved in the case. We are also trying to find out the details of bullion dealers involved in this syndicate," he said.
Both Malhotra and the Jet Airways crew member have been arrested, the official said.
A Delhi court sent the two to two-day judicial custody.
The DRI has recovered Rs 3.3 lakh in cash, and foreign currencies of different countries worth $2,500, besides several incriminating materials from Malhtora, he said. -- PTI
The observation came from a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra which refused to entertain an appeal against a Patna High Court order quashing a defamation complaint against a journalist and a media house.
"In a democracy, you (petitioner) must learn to tolerate," the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said. "There could be some error or enthusiasm in reporting an alleged scam. But, we must allow freedom of speech and expression to press at the fullest. There may be some wrong reporting. For that they need not be hauled up for defamation," the apex court said.
Referring to its earlier verdict that had upheld the validity of the penal law on defamation, it said the provision may be constitutional, but an alleged incorrect news item about a scam does not amount to the offence of defamation. A woman had filed the appeal against the High Court order quashing her private defamation complaint accusing a journalist of telecasting an alleged incorrect news which she had claimed had defamed her and her family members. -- PTI
This is what the BJP MP tweeted in response to the demolition.
"The part demolition of my home "Ramayan" in Mumbai is presently the most talked about news. People are asking me if I am paying the price for honest politics based on facts, figures & truth & for supporting statesman Yashwant Sinha's support to Satara farmers. I have no answer. It could well be!
"Started with the removal of my security cover in Delhi..& now demolition at my residence. In all fairness, it cud also be a knee jerk reaction of BMC after the tragic fire in some Mumbai restaurants. If so, I welcome the reaction. Hope BMC continues in its efforts to monitor & rein-in illegal constructions in the long run with all earnestness. But a minor alteration done by them (of breaking a toilet) has been blown out of proportion.
"Anyway, I am not going to cow down on matters of principle. I am a law abiding citizen & am happy that NDTV has broadcast & reported my statement (TOI) which I am sharing for information, broadcast & perusal.
"The government is encouraging having toilets inside houses. We had constructed one on the terrace so that people working in the building can use it. I have no issues with the BMC removing it. The Puja room was shifted to the stilt temporarily as we are awaiting additional.construction rights to build a permanent one. I co-operated with the officials without creating any commotion. For my friends & well wishers...Don't worry, be happy..and a Happy New Year again! JAI HIND!"
"Consequent to the review of the events on board Flight 9W 119 London-Mumbai of 01 January 2018, Jet Airways has terminated services of both the cockpit crew with immediate effect," said a statement from Jet Airways.
The incident was reported when a scuffle between the pilot and the co-pilot began as the flight was scheduled for take-off to Mumbai, on January 1.
A Jet Airways spokesperson had said that a 'misunderstanding occurred between the cockpit crew,' adding the matter was resolved amicably later. -- ANI
Sharif said Khan was cowardly hiding after putting the dignity of a family at stake. "What sort of person he is who hides like a coward while leaving an innocent family to face rumours," he said. Khan, 66, was married twice earlier.
Khan took to Twitter, "For 3 days I have been wondering have I looted a bank; or money laundered bns in nation's wealth; or ordered a model-town-like killing spree; or revealed state secrets to India? I have done none of these but discovered I have committed a bigger crime: wanting to get married."
The cricketer-turned-politician alleged NS [Nawaz Sharif] and MSR [Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman] mafia of leading the "vicious, gutter media campaign" which "does not bother" him, adding that the "NS & MSR can rest assured that their vicious campaign has only strengthened my resolve to fight them all the way."
Khan further wrote, "I have known the Sharifs for 40 years and I know all their sordid personal lives but I would never stoop to the level of exposing these sordid details.
"However, my concern is for my children & the very conservative family of Bushra begum, all of whom have been subjected to this malicious campaign by NS & MSR," he tweeted further.
"All I ask of my well wishers and supporters", Khan added, "is that they pray I find personal happiness which, except for a few years, I have been deprived of."
It was reported on Saturday that the PTI chief got married on New Year's Day in Lahore.According to The News' report, Imran Khan tied the knot with a woman he used to visit for spiritual guidance.However, refuting the reports of Imran Khan's marriage, PTI, on Sunday, said he was not married 'yet' but proposed marriage to a woman named Bushra Maneka."To set the record straight, Mr Khan proposed marriage to Ms Bushra Maneka; but Ms Maneka asked for time to make a final decision after consulting her family, including her children," the PTI tweeted.
"If and when the proposal is accepted by Ms Maneka for the marriage, Mr Khan will announce it publicly in the proper manner. Till then we request the media to give the two families, especially the children, their privacy," the tweet added. -- ANI
n his PIL, the retired IPS officer has sought the constitution of a judicial enquiry commission into the Kamala Mills Compound fire which broke out in The Mojo's Bistro and spread to 1Above and other adjoining rooftop establishments, trapping 14 to their death and injuring 55 others.
"I have also sought a compulsory fire audit of all pubs, restaurants, hotels and eateries all over the city to avoid recurrence of similar tragedies," Ribeiro told IANS after filing the PIL through his lawyer Sujay Kantawala.
A Mumbai Fire Brigade probe found that the blaze started in The Mojo's Bistro due to burning embers from illegal hookahs being served to patron, and spread to other premises.
The Mumbai Police later arrested three persons, including two managers of 1Above pub, Kevin Bawa and Lisbon Lopez, and have announced a reward for the three absconding owner-partners of the pub (1Above).
On 6 January, the police arrested Yug K. Pathak, the co-owner of The Mojo's Bistro and son of former DGP-level retired IPS officer K.K. Pathak.
All have been booked under the stringent IPC law pertaining to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, among other charges.
"We have been forced to go on a strike as we are underpaid. To end our strike, this government should talk with us and fulfill our demands," said Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Union Transport employee Sudarshan.
Though the transport department has roped in temporary drivers to resume services in the state, the fleet of buses was still not running at its maximum capacity."We hear that many accidents are happening because of untrained drivers. It is because of this government only," said Venkatesan, a City General body member.
Earlier on Sunday, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam working president MK Stalin urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy to initiate talks with transport employees and take suitable actions to end the ongoing strike in the state.
The strike, following the failure of talks on wage revision and clearance of pending dues with Vijayabaskar, was declared on Thursday.
Transport workers have been demanding for a pay revision to Rs 30,000; however, the authorities have only agreed to pay them Rs 24,400 per month. -- ANI
Image: L to R: MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, PM Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh at the meet.
"We are happy to inform that six months after the CR appointed an all-woman staff at Matunga, this station has figured in the Limca Book of Records 2018," said the Railway official. The station is being manned exclusively by women staffers since July 2017, a first on the Indian Railways, he said.
A team of 41 women staffers at the station includes personnel from the RPF, commercial and operating departments. These staffers work under the supervision of station manager Mamta Kulkarni.
China and India were engaged in a 73-day tense standoff at Dokalam in the Sikkim sector which ended on August 28.
"The Dong Lang (Dokalam) area has all along been part of China and under China's continuous and effective jurisdiction. There is no dispute in this regard," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media when asked about Rawat's remarks. Rawat yesterday said Indian and Chinese troops had resolved an issue over the recent attempt by Chinese teams to build a road on the Indian side of the border at Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh. Rawat also said there was a major reduction of Chinese troops in the Dokalam area. -- PTI
The family of Mannan Bashir Wani, belonging to Tekkipora Lolab of Kashmir's Kupwara district, was in for a shock when photos of Wani holding an AK-47 went viral on social media.
The picture, reportedly uploaded by Hizbul Mujahideen, said Wani had joined the terrorist outfit on January 5.
Wani's mother, who was distressed and cried continuously, urged her son to shun the path and come back home.
"I haven't hurt you nor refused any of your any decisions. If I ever did anything, please forgive me and come back. Shun the militancy path and join the family members again," Wani's mother said.
"It was not expected that Mannan would join the militant groups. All family members are in a serious shock," said Wani's grieving father.
His father said that his son used to discuss his next step with him.
"Mannan was like a friend to me and I had never expected him to make such a decision."
"The only heart breaking decision Manan took in his life was that he joined the terrorist outfit without letting me know. I wouldn't curse Mannan for the decision because he is mentally-sound and a well-qualified man. Mannan always took decisions that would benefit his career," Wani's father added.
According to friends and family, Wani was last seen holidaying in his hometown, after which he had gone missing.
Wani's mother and sister were so shocked by the news that they could not utter a word. While the mother cried uncontrollably, Wani's sister was in an unconscious condition, and kept murmuring that she wants "my brother back."
Meanwhile, Wani has been expelled by the university. -- ANI
"We all have studied that Newton gave the law of gravitation, but delving deeper, we can find that Brahmagupta-II came up with the theory of gravitation 1,000 years before (Newton). Why don't we include this fact in the curriculum?" Devnani asked.
The state primary and secondary education minister said the school curriculum was changed and close to 200 Indian personalities, including Rajput king Maharana Pratap, were included. The minister also stressed that education should be value-based.
Referring to student leader of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Kanhaiya Kumar, the BJP leader said, "No Kanhaiya should be born in Rajasthan".
Kumar was in 2016 arrested in connection with a case of alleged sedition and criminal conspiracy over holding of an event at JNU against hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. The Rajasthan minister, who is not new to controversies, had last year claimed that cow was the only animal that exhales oxygen while quoting a research website. -- PTI
Pathan said he was confident of being cleared of deliberate usage and vowed to be more careful in future. "Competing for India and my home state Baroda has been a matter of immense pride and encouragement for me and I would never act in any manner to bring my motherland or Baroda, in any kind of disrepute," Pathan said in a statement.
"In hindsight, I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with BCCI's dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline," he added.
The all-rounder, who has played 57 ODIs and 22 T20 Internationals for India, was charged with the "commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti- Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge".
He has not played for India since 2012 but has been seen in the Indian Premier League, turning up for the Kolkata Knight Riders. "Mr Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance," the BCCI explained. -- PTI
"Mr Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI's anti-doping testing program during a domestic T-20 competition on 16th March 2017 in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances."
Modifying the 2016 order, the Supreme Court said that the inter-ministerial committee set up by the Centre will take a final call on playing of the national anthem in cinemas. The court accepts the govt affidavit that says a 12-member committee be set up to suggest changes in the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act. The committee should comprehensively look into all aspects, the SC says. Exemption for disabled from standing in cinema halls during national anthem shall remain in force.
"We neither have the intention of exploiting anyone's resources nor are we eyeing anyone's territory. Our focus has always been on capacity building and resource development," the prime minister said. The comments come in the wake of increasing border tensions in certain sectors of India's border with China.
"India is that country which has always played a constructive role in the world arena. We have not weighed our policy towards any country on profit or loss basis, but have viewed it from the prism of human values."
India's model of development aid, he added, is not based on give and take, but depends on the needs and priorities of countries. "At a time when the world is divided by ideologies, India believes in the mantra of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas'," he said. -- PTI
The central government, which had earlier backed the Supreme Court order making it mandatory to play the National Anthem just before the screening of a film, had yesterday urged the apex court to take back its order on the grounds that it had set up a committee to look into the issue.
The government has said it doesn't want to be prejudiced by the court's views on the subject.
Taking to Twitter, Snowden said instead of an investigation, the journalist needed to be rewarded for exposing that the Aadhar data was not foolproof and could be obtained at a cost of only Rs 500.
In his tweet, the former United States government contractor, who has taken asylum in Russia, also suggested that action should rather be taken against UIDAI, the body that runs the Aadhaar programme.
"The journalists exposing the #Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI," Snowden tweeted.
Meanwhile, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday had said that the administration was "fully committed to freedom of press" and that an FIR filed is "against unknown".
"Govt. is fully committed to freedom of Press as well as to maintaining security & sanctity of #Aadhaar for India's development. FIR is against unknown. I've suggested @UIDAI to request Tribune & it's journalist to give all assistance to police in investigating real offenders," Prasad tweeted.
On January 5, Snowden had hinted that the Aadhaar database conceived and introduced by the Indian government can also be misused and abused. -- ANI
Mevani and his supporters were reported to be going ahead with the rally despite Delhi police denying permission for the event.
The rally is being held against central government's inability to create employment and increasing right-wing violence. Delhi Commissioner of Police yesterday tweeted that the authorities had advised the organisers to shift the rally to an alternate site. -- ANI
The Indian-American biochemist turned 96 today.
Special Judge (MCOCA) A S Bhaisare observed that Kaskar's doctor has not prescribed any special diet to him, therefore, his application was liable to be rejected. He said Kaskar, presently lodged in the Thane District Central Jail, had not made any special ground to grant his application.
"One cannot act as per his own wish and choice or desire," the judge said in a recent order. Kaskar, in his application, had requested the court to allow him to have the facility of homemade food in judicial custody on the ground that he was suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and giddiness, and undergoing treatment. He said he was required to have home cooked food to maintain better health.
Kaskar also argued that previously, when he was in custody in a case at the Central Prison in Mumbai from 2003 to 2007, he was provided with the facility (of home food) and that he never misused the liberty granted to him. The prosecution opposed his application saying there were all facilities of food and medicines in the jail premises. -- PTI
Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, who was appointed as amicus curiae to assist in the matter, has filed a report in the apex court and has said that claims regarding existence of British special intelligence unit by the name 'Force 136' and its alleged role in the assassination was not substantiated.
The report said that records of the case established that an independent judiciary had adjudged the crimes of NathuramVinayak Godse and other accused in the matter and justice was served.
Gandhi was shot dead at point blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948 by Godse, a right-wing advocate of Hindu Nationalism.
The assassination case had led to the conviction and execution of Godse and Narayan Apte on November 15, 1949.
Sharan has filed the report on the PIL by Mumbai-based Dr Pankaj Phadnis , a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, who has sought reopening of investigation on several grounds, claiming it was one of the biggest cover-ups in the history.
'The bullets which pierced Mahatma Gandhi's body, the pistol from which it was fired, the assailant who fired the said bullets, the conspiracy which led to the assassination and the ideology which led to the said assassination have all been duly identified,' the report said.
'No substantive material has come to light to throw any doubt on any of the above requiring either a re-investigation of the Mahatma Gandhi murder case or, to constitute a fresh fact finding commission with respect to the same," it said.
A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde is scheduled to hear the matter on January 12.
The petitioner has questioned the 'three bullet theory' relied upon by various courts to hold conviction of accused Godse and Apte, who were hanged, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who was given benefit of doubt due to lack of evidence.
Regarding the claim of the petitioner about the alleged fourth bullet, the amicus has said that as per records of the case, only three empty cartridges and two spent bullets were found at the place of occurrence and no fourth spent bullet or empty cartridge was found from there.
The report also said Godse was arrested at the spot with the murder weapon, a semi automatic Beretta pistol which could load seven cartridges at a time, and the records suggested that only three bullets were fired.
It said during the trial in the case, six eye-witnesses were examined and they all mentioned about three shots having been fired by sole assailant Nathuram Godse only.
"From the above documents, it is clear that there was no 4th bullet which was fired upon Mahatma Gandhi on the fateful day of January 30, 1948. Additionally, the other bullet alleged to be the fourth bullet was recovered from Gwalior and not from Delhi," it said.
Dealing with the petitioner's claims about Savarkar's role, the amicus said that Savarkar was acquitted of charges of conspiracy by the trial court in the case and now it would neither be advisable nor possible to come to a definitive finding with respect to his alleged role in the assassination.
The report also dealt with certain remarks of the Justice J L Kapur Commission of Inquiry, which was set up in 1966, in the case.
On the allegations about conspiracy and role of 'Force136', the amicus has said there was no documentary evidence in contemporary literature to prove that there even existed such a secret service and was mandated to carry out the murder.
"Furthermore, it is difficult to give any evidentiary value to the submissions regarding apprehension of Nathuram Godse by a CIA Agent named Herbert Reiner at the place ofoccurrence. Nor, any evidentiary value can be given to the statement made to Vijaya Laxmi Pandit (the then Indian ambassador to USSR) by the ambassadors of the various other countries regarding the involvement of the British," it said.
Phadnis has challenged the decision of the Bombay high court which on June 6, 2016 had dismissed his PIL on two grounds -- firstly, that the findings of fact have been recorded by the competent court and confirmed right up to the apex court, and secondly, the Kapur Commission has submitted its report and made observations in 1969, while the present petition has been filed 46 years later. -- PTI