Kolkata: The alleged snooping of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and his relatives by the erstwhile Nehru regime has sparked a series of revelations and the demand for declassifying the 'secret files' related with Netaji is gaining momentum.
According to reports, some of the highly classified documents may have been kept in a 'secret cell'in Kolkata .“ It is the biggest cover-up in the history of modern India". He has also confirmed the existence of these 64 files,” Anuj Dhar, a researcher who has done extensive research on Netaji told Times of India.
"The reference to these files is made in the status report of the Mukherjee Commission," said Dhar, adding that the contents that went public last week were photocopies of two such files.
Abhijit Ray, grandnephew of Netaji has once again said that 64 files related with Subhash Chandra Bose including intelligence reports on surveillance over his relatives between 1947 and 1968 are still being kept secret by the Bengal government.
A Kolkata-based NGO India's Smile which filed a PIL in Calcutta high court on January 6, 2014, seeking declassification of secret files on Netaji and INA has filed a supplementary affidavit on Thursday, stating that the Bengal government had 64 secret files in its possession but was denying its existence.
The role of the West Bengal government is also in question since in reply to an RTI, the state government had on February 25, 2014, said that it did not have any secret files on Netaji.
But it was only after a month later, on March 24, 2014, a letter (ref no. 921-PL/PF/14M-H/14) written by the home department, police establishment branch, at Nabanna, states that files on Netaji may be available in a hidden location.
Netaji's grandnephew, Chandra Bose, is livid over the state government's silence. "I find it incomprehensible that while Modi could take out 40 minutes from his busy schedule that included a meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel to meet Surya Bose and listen to the demand for declassification, chief minister Mamata Banerjee could not even spare time to make a statement on the burning issue," he said.
Netaji's niece Chitra Ghosh also reiterated that she was extremely disappointed that the West Bengal government was still not coming clean on to the issue of classified files.