The following is the affidavit made by Savarkar on 18 May 1948 in the Court of the Chief Presidency Magistrate, Bombay. The affidavit formed defence exhibit 18 Ex. D/18 in the Mahatma Gandhi Murder Case (Rex -Complainant versus Vinayak Damodar Savarkar-Accused) in the High Court of the Judicature for the province of the East Punjab at Simla. Sections 302, 34, 109, 120-B and 307 I.P.C. read with Ss. 4 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act and Sec. 19 (f) Arms Act had been slapped on Savarkar. It has been reproduced verbatim from the ‘Printed Record of Mahatma Gandhi Murder Case Volume V’.
I, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, do hereby swear and state on solemn affirmation as under:-
(Sd.) V.D. SAVARKAR
Dated this 18th May, 1948.
Solemnly affirmed before me.
(Sd.) OSCAR H. BROWN
18-5-48. Chief Presidency Magistrate, Bombay