An administration board is prone to choose tomorrow on whether to declassify more documents on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in the midst of a line over disclosures that the notorious flexibility contender’s relatives were kept an eye on for a long time.
A inter-ministerial panel headed by the Cabinet Secretary will survey the Official Secrets Act regarding the Netaji records. The tenets say that records can be declassified naturally following 30 years.
There are about 58 files linked to Netaji with the Prime Minister’s Office and about 25 with the External Affairs Ministry.
Netaji’s grand-nephew Surya Kumar Bose, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, said he had asked for the declassification of all files associated with the leader.
The prime minister, he said, had told him that he would look into it seriously and then decide.
“PM said he will try his best to open the files up as he hasn’t seen the files himself and can’t judge the content. It was an honest answer, he at least promised to look into it and try his best to do something about it. I am hopeful,” Mr Bose said.
Government documents declassified as of late have uncovered that the Intelligence Bureau held relatives of Netaji under close reconnaissance somewhere around 1948 and 1968. India’s first head administrator Jawaharlal Nehru was in force for 16 of those years. Just 10,000 of the 70,000 pages of the records were made open recently, and are currently with the National Archives.
In an RTI reply, the Prime Minister’s Office had refused to declassify the files arguing that the “disclosure would prejudicially affect relations with foreign countries.”
Most members of the Bose family believe that the freedom fighter did not die in a plane crash in Taipei in 1945 as presumed. They have repeatedly asked for declassification of files related to him.