The Prime Ministers Office has turned down an RTI appeal seeking access to letters written by Netaji Subhas Chandra Boses widow Emilie Schenkl and daughter Anita Bose Netajis to the government and said releasing the secret files may upset relations with foreign countries.
The PMO reply came in response to an appeal filed under RTI Act by Chandrachur Ghose,who runs the website http://www.subhaschandrabose.org,and is writing a biography of the leader.
The three files in question are classified and disclosure of the documents contained in them would prejudicially affect relations with foreign countries, the PMO said in its reply.
Signed by Rajeev Topno,director (PMO),the response said these files were therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 8(1)(a) read with section 8(2) of the Right to Information Act,2005.
Based on the reasons given above,no further action is called for on your appeal and the same is accordingly disposed of, it said. However,Ghose said the life and times of Netaji,who had disappeared in 1945,is a mystery since many files relating to it are held by various government departments.