The Narendra Modi Government has taken a bold step of setting up a high-level committee to study the files related to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in August 1945. The panel under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary, will decide whether to make the files public (declassified) or not.
The Panel will also include officials from the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) departments. The government may not declassify some secret documents, fearing disruption of ties with a few foreign countries.
The development came just two days after PM Narendra Modi assured Netaji’s grandnephew Surya Kumar Bose to look into the matter and take adequate steps towards declassification of the secret files on Netaji Subhas Bose.
A huge political storm was triggered last week when it was revealed that then PM Jawaharlal Nehru spied on the relatives of Netaji for around 20 years from 1948 till 1968. Currently, the West Bengal government has around 64 classified files, while 100 other files are lying with various central government departments, including the PMO.