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Govt refuses Netaji papers to RTI body

Press Trust Of India
Sep 17, 2006 at 11:17pm IST

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has refused to supply the Central Information Commission (CIC) with copies of documents presented before two panels that enquired into the disappearance of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, saying the records dated back to over 20 years.

This was reported by a research group Mission Netaji, which appealed to the CIC, the apex body under the year-old Right to Information Act.

The body had asked the ministry to share records produced before the 1956 Shah Nawaz Committee and G D Khosla Inquiry Commission of 1974, which were set up to shed light on the legendary freedom fighter's fate.

HISTORY OF MYSTERY: Bose died in an air crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945 - a theory still disputed by many.

Both inquiries had arrived at the conclusion that Bose died in an air crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945 — a theory still disputed by many.

The appeal came after the Central Government rejected the findings of the Justice Mukherjee Inquiry Commision in May.

The Commission's findings were diametrically opposed to the conclusions made by the 1956 and 1974 inquiry panels.

Mission Netaji had asked the home ministry for the records on June 23 this year, but this was summarily declined on the ground that the documents were classified. The group then appealed to the CIC for the documents on July 29.

"The matter happened more than 20 years from the date of request and as such, it is refused," the group quoted Deputy Secretary to the government of India, M M Chopra, on its website as saying in his reply to the CIC on August 21.

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