It was Mahatma Gandhi who asked Veer Savarkar to file mercy petitions: Rajnath Singh
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hailed Veer Savarkar as a staunch nationalist and India's first military strategist in the 20th century. "Lies were spread about Savarkar repeatedly. It was spread that he filed many mercy petitions for seeking his release from jails... It was Mahatma Gandhi who asked him to file the mercy petitions," the defence minister said. Mr. Singh remembered Savarkar as a "national icon".