Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CIC asks top office to disclose action taken on Kapur commission report on Gandhi's assassination

Indian Express‎‎‎‎: New Delhi: Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
Making it clear that public should know about the issues associated with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the CIC has directed the PMO to disclose action taken on the J L Kapur Commission report on Gandhi’s assassination.
The Commission said this while transferring an RTI application seeking records related to the assassination of Gandhi on January 30, 1948, subsequent probe and the court case.
“The petition should be transferred to the PMO for “information” and necessary action to formulate appropriate policy to build archives of records regarding Gandhi’s assassination, investigation, trial, punishment, official correspondence, and action taken on the recommendations of J L Kapur Commission,” said the commission.
The Commission also recommended the top office to build exhaustive archives on Mahatma Gandhi on the lines of recent declassification of files pertaining to Subhash Chandra Bose.
The government had appointed a Judicial Commission under the chairmanship of J L Kapur to inquire into the conspiracy angle and other aspects of the assassination of Gandhi.
Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said that a copy of the Kapur report is available with Indian Law Institute, New Delhi which has a treasure trove of information about Gandhi’s death which needs to be probed and an archive could be built in the National Archives of India (NAI).
The information commissioner also cited an article by noted historian and lawyer A G Noorani in a English daily and said the court had earlier exonerated Savarkar for want of corroborative evidence in support of the approver’s confession.
“However, Justice Kapur’s findings are all too clear. He concluded: “All these facts taken together were destructive of any theory other than the conspiracy to murder by Savarkar and his group” (Noorani, AG (March 15-28, 2003). “Savarkar and Gandhi”.),” he said.
Earlier, responding to a petition moved by Ashutosh Bansal, Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu had said in its order that along with Nathuram Godse's statement all other relevant records related to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi should be “pro-actively disclosed.”