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Disclose Nathuram Godse's statement in Gandhi assassination trial, orders CIC
Nathuram Godse's statement, along with other relevant records related to of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination should be "proactively disclosed" on the website of the National Archives, the Central Information Commissioner has ruled.

The order passed by Information commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said, "One may disagree with Godse and his co-accused, but we cannot refuse disclosure or circulation of his opinion. At the same time, neither Godse nor the holder of his theme or opinion can go to the extent of killing a person whose philosophy he cannot agree with."

The petition before CIC was filed by Ashutosh Bansal and had demanded the charge sheet and Godse's statement, among other details, from Delhi Police. Delhi Police said that it had handed over the records to the National Archives of India and forwarded the application to it.

When Bansal approached the National Archives, it asked him to inspect the records and find out the information. And as he failed to get the information from the National Archives, Bansal approached the commissioner.

"The Commission also directs the National Archives to place the index of records available now with it about the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on its official website along with the procedure to gain access, and recommends development of an archive to include present digitised records and collect as many as possible from various sources to be part of their disclosures under Section 4(1)(b)," Acharyulu said in the order.

The National Archives will now have to provide certified copies of the charge sheet and the statement of Godse from the CDs of the archives as sought by the appellant upon payment of copying charges at Rs 2 per page, within 20 days from the date of receipt of this order.

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