NEW DELHI: The government will soon take a call on the demands to declassify files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s death or disappearance. It has also formed an -ministerial committee headed by cabinet secretary to review the Official Secrets Act in the same context. The decision is likely to be taken tomorrow amid row over Jawaharlal Nehru spying on the freedom fighter's family for over 20 years. (Also Read: IB reports made public; expose Jawaharlal Nehru of spying on Subhash Chandra Bose’s family for 20 years)
The panel includes officials from RAW, IB, Union Home Ministry and PMO.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the grandnephew of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Surya Bose a software consultancy business in Hamburg and is president of the Indo-German Association in Berlin for over 30 minutes and assured to look at the demand for declassification of all files connected to events since his death or disappearance in Taiwan on August 18, 1945. (Also Read: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach Berlin today; expected to meet Subhash Chandra Bose’s family)
“I offered a few points to the PM in writing including the issue of surveillance on the family so that the truth comes out,” Surya said.
“The declassified information needn’t paint a glorious picture of Netaji and may say something negative. In all probability, it will. We must not evade from the truth even if it unfavorably affects the image of Netaji. The family is ready to face it,” added Bose. (Also Read: Netaji Bose’s family holds rally in Kolkata, PM Modi to consider declassifying Netaji files)
Both Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments have turned down the requests to declassify the file all along explaining that it is likely to trigger internal disturbance and affect relations with some other countries as well.