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Right to Information & Subhas Chandra Bose’s fate

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 15, 2006

Right to Information & Subhas Chandra Bose’s fate


July 1, 2006

Making a first-ever use of the new Right to Information (RTI) Act, Mission Netaji, a Delhi-based organisation, has sought documents pertaining to the inquiries into Subhas Bose’s reported death. Mission Netaji has requested the Home Ministry to make available authenticated copies of documents used as exhibits by the Shah Nawaz Khan and GD Khosla panels.

Mission Netaji seeks to better its understanding about the conclusion drawn by these panels since it appears that the Government of India holds their findings true even after receiving the latest report of Justice MK Mukherjee, a top criminologist and former judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Shah Nawaz Khan, a one time INA man, was a Congress party MP when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru appointed him the chairman of Netaji inquiry committee in 1956. Justice GD Khosla, a friend of Nehru’s, authored a eulogistic book on Prime Minister Indira Gandhi while he disposed off the Bose death probe in early 1970s. It was alleged that both these panels worked along a premeditated line that Netaji had died in a plane crash in Taipei.

Setting aside the charges of foul play, the Government readily accepted the reports of Shah Nawaz Khan and GD Khosla. Whereas, they arbitrarily rejected that of the Mukherjee Commission — set up after a scathing court order — that this crash was actually a camouflage of the Japanese military to help Netaji escape to the Soviet Russia.

If made public, several documents produced before the previous panels could bolster Justice Mukherjee’s report. A report produced before Khosla Commission quoted Colonel Tada, one of the Japanese officer who executed Bose’s “last flight”, as saying in 1951 that a day before the Taipei “crash”, he contacted “Field Marshall Terauchi, Commander-in-Chief, Southern Command (starting from Burma to China and Manchuria), and conveyed Netaji’s request for facilities to fly to Russian occupied territory in Manchuria to enable him ultimately to reach Moscow … (Teruachi) told Col Tada to tell Netaji that all facilities would be given to him to reach Russian held territory.”

Another document that the Mission Netaji is hoping to get is a “Top Secret” 1952 letter to then Foreign Secretary Subimal Dutt. The writer, AM Sahay, a close Netaji aide who joined Nehru Government, confided in to Dutt that there was “one thing extraordinary in the whole show which needs some explanation from the Japanese”.

Officially speaking, Netaji had died on the midnight of 18th August 1945, and this news was relayed five days later. But Sahay was evidently told of Bose’s death beforehand. “How is it that the crash took place on the 18th and the announcement regarding his death was made on same day ….” he wondered in his letter. Interestingly, a day before he “died”, Netaji too had hinted about an “air crash” to his Confidential Secretary Major Bhaskaran Menon.

According to Sahay, Netaji’s plan was to “be within Soviet sphere after the surrender of the Japanese” in the second world war. He recalled that two days before the “crash”, Bose conveyed to him “to get ready to secure transport from the Japanese and to leave for Manchuria, and to meet him (Bose) there.

“He (Bose) suggested that … it would be desirable to be arrested by the Soviet authorities in Manchuria because we could later negotiate with them and might persuade them to accept us as their friends and not enemies.”

Government of India never took up the matter with the Soviet Russia despite repeated demands.

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One Response to “Right to Information & Subhas Chandra Bose’s fate”

  1. true indian said

    plz slove the case as we want to give our true hero full funeral
    our hero is outstanding person.

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