Netaji snooping row: Modi government forms panel to look into Netaji’s secret files

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In what can be considered as a big step, the Prime Minster Narendra Modi- led government has constructed a high level committee headed by cabinet secretary to review the Official Secrets Act in order to act on the demands to declassify the documents related to the mysterious disappearance, which was considered death, of Subhas Chandra Bose.

The committee will include officials from Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Prime Minister Office (PMO) officials, according to the reports. The committee will look into the classified documents on the Netaji’s death and a decision will be taken on which all documents can be made public. As per reports, the government will not declassify documents which may affect the state’s relation to friendly foreign countries.

The government has taken the step just two days after the Prime Minister met Netaji’s grandnephew Surya Bose during the Prime Minister’s second leg in his three-nation tour, in Berlin, Germany.  Modi had assured the grandnephew about declassification of ‘secret files’ of the freedom fighter.

Earlier, the grandnephew Surya had said that he gave the PM a few points in writing, including the issue of surveillance on the family so that the truth comes out. “The declassified information needn’t paint a glorious picture of Netaji. It may say something negative. In all probability, it will. We must not shirk from the truth even if it adversely affects Netaji’s image. The family is ready to face it.”

A protest rally with hundreds of Netaji’s supporters had also hit the roads of Kolkata demanding the truth be revealed . “Our sole demand from the Modi-led Central government is that all secret files of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose must be declassified. The nation will know the truth once the files are declassified,” grand-nephew of Netaji, Abhijit Ray, had said.

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