Govt not to probe Nehru’s snoop files on Netaji

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NEW DELHI: Government has no plans to conduct any probe into the reports of surveillance on family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by the Intelligence Bureau for 20 years.

“There is no proposal to probe into the spying,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Minister said a large number of files relating to Netaji, including those relating to Khosla Commission and Mukherjee Commission, have been already declassified and sent to the National Archives of India.

There are, however, some classified files with the central government and some files are with the West Bengal government relating to Bose, Chaudhary said.

A controversy recently broke out following reports that Netaji’s family was kept under surveillance by the IB for 20 years, much of it during the tenure of Jawaharlal Nehru.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured family members of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose that he will personally examine the case for the declassification of the Netaji files. 

The prime minister gave this assurance to Surya Bose, the eldest son of Amiya Nath Bose, at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin. Bose, the president of the Indo-German Association in Hamburg, had a half-hour meeting with Prime Minister Modi after a reception in Berlin late on Monday night where he presented a proposal on behalf of the Netaji family requesting the PM to release all the classified ‘Netaji Files’ held by the government.

“Prime Minister Modi was extremely positive and has promised to personally look into the declassification of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose documents,” Bose told Mail Today. Previous statements on the government’s inability to declassify the Netaji files had been made without his knowledge, the PM told Bose.

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