Netaji files: Mamata Banerjee slams centre’s reply on RTI, MHA says ‘open to examine new facts’

Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday clarified that its replies were based on 2006 findings. In a statement, the ministry said, "Replies were based on 2006 findings. Government is open to examine new facts when they come to light."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 2, 2017 5:51 pm
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Two days after Ministry of Home Affairs concluded that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose died in a plane crash in the year 1945, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she is shocked by the Centre’s reply to the RTI filed on the issue. Speaking to news agency ANI on Friday, the chief minister said,” I am shocked to see this unilateral decision of the Central Government without evidence.” Banerjee further added that she has drawn PM Narendra Modi’s attention regarding the matter.

“I have drawn attention of PM Modi to this matter and sought the considered stand of Central Government in this regard,” West Bengal CM said. Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday clarified that its replies were based on 2006 findings. In a statement, the ministry said, “Replies were based on 2006 findings. Government is open to examine new facts when they come to light.”

In response to a query under Right to Information Act, MHA on Tuesday said, “After considering the reports of Shahnawaz Committee, Justice G D Khosla Commission and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Enquiry, the Government has come to the conclusion that Netaji has died in plane crash in 1945,’’ the Union home ministry said in response to a query under the Right To Information Act on Tuesday.

The ministry’s response received strong criticism from Netaji’s family members who described the reply as “irresponsible”. “This is an irresponsible move… How can the government conclude Netaji’s death without concrete evidence?’’ asked Netaji’s grandnephew and Bengal BJP vice president Chandra Bose. All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), the party founded by Netaji, said the Union Home Ministry has “misled” the country by its reply and asked PM Narendra Modi to apologise.

AIFB further demanded that the letter by the MHA in reply to the RTI application should be repealed.  “We will write to the prime minister and demand his apology as the union home ministry has deliberately tried to mislead the nation by spreading lies about Netaji’s death. It is a shame,” AIFB general secretary Debabrata Biswas said on Thursday.

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    Chandra Moorthy
    Jun 3, 2017 at 5:21 am
    EVERY PATRIOTIC INDIAN IS SHOCKED ON THIS REPLY.
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      dv1936
      Jun 2, 2017 at 9:58 pm
      Seventy years after independence there still are doubts, why not open the records with government to the public.
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        Niladrinath Mohanty
        Jun 2, 2017 at 9:09 pm
        I am raking my brain over the years to find a reason to justify the emotional outbursts of admirers of Netaji Bose about his mysterious disappearance. If is not dead can we say he is still alive. What do we get by keeping the matter alive, What purpose it serves?
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          dv1936
          Jun 2, 2017 at 10:20 pm
          Why the records are not being made open, is there something fishy. We loved our Neta ji.
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            Kumar
            Jun 3, 2017 at 3:59 am
            You consider him just like a common person like yourself! I admire your brain.
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