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PIL in SC: Did US intel protect the Mahatma?

Published : Oct 2, 2017, 2:37 am IST
Updated : Oct 2, 2017, 2:37 am IST

Did the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), an intelligence agency of the United States during the World War 2.

Mahatma Gandhi
 Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi: Did the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), an intelligence agency of the United States during the World War 2 and a predecessor of CIA, try to protect Mahatma Gandhi?

This question is one among the many raised before Supreme Court in a petition, which has sought re-opening of investigation into Mr Gandhi’s murder, suggesting whether it was one of the biggest cover-ups in history.

In his written submission, Dr P. Phadnis, a researcher and a tru-stee of Abhinav Bharat, Mumbai, who has filed the petition, said telegrams were sent from the US Embassy to Washington on January 30, 1948 after Mr Gandhi’s assassination and, one of the reports still remains classified.

He has put on record one of the telegrams “obtained officially” by him during his recent visit to National Archives and Research Administration, Maryland during a visit in May.  

Mr Phadnis said as per the telegram, H.T. Reiner, disburing officer, was within five feet of Mr Gandhi when he was shot and, with the aid of guards, apprehended the assassin.

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