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HC questions on Netaji Documents

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The Calcutta High Court on Thursday asked why papers and documents pertaining to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose have not been disclosed even 67 years since India’s independence.

Acting on a PIL filed by India’s Smile, a Division Bench of Ashim Kumar Banerjee and Shibakanta Prasad ordered the Centre to answer within two weeks on why it was yet to act on the orders of the Central Information Commission (CIC).

“The CIC in July 2007 had ordered the Union of India to hand over all papers and documents pertaining to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to the National Archives of India. However, the Centre is yet to act according to the order,” India’s Smile counsel Krishnendu Bhattacharya told The Hindu .

I am not too surprised to hear that my father’s family was under surveillance. My uncle Sarat Chandra Bose was politically active until just after India’s Independence and he was not in agreement with the Congress.But he passed away in 1950.The fact that my cousins Amiya Nath Bose and Sisir Bose were under surveillance is a bit startling.

What is the point in that? They had no security implications at all.They were politically interested but not politically active until later in their lives.The government possibly believed that if my father was alive and wanted to come back to India,my cousins would be the most logical people for him to contact. “The court today (on Thursday) expressed its displeasure over the Union of India’s failure to implement Central Information Commission’s 2007 order directing making public of secret documents on Netaji,” said petitioner’s counsel Krishnendu Bhattacharya.

“The central government has been directed to explain its stand on the issue within two weeks,” he added.

The petition was filed in 2014 by Kolkata-based NGO India’s Smile and has the central government, the National Advisory Council, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau, private secretary to the Prime Minister, defence secretary, the home affairs department and West Bengal government among others as respondents.

The petition was filed after repeated attempts to seek information about the files under the Right to Information Act was denied by various government departments including the Prime Minister’s Office.