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West Bengal Government Declassifies Netaji Files
Sep 25, 2015

Ending years of wait on classified information on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his family members, the West Bengal government on 18 September declassified 64 such files which were in the possession of the Kolkata police and West Bengal police.

  • The files are being kept at the Calcutta Police Museum, which is housed in the Office of Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police, North Division.

  • There are 64 files which contained 12,744 pages and it had to be digitized before being made public

  • Files in their original form will be kept in a glass cabinet in Kolkata Police Museum.

  • The digitized files in the form of a compact disc were handed over to members of the family of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

After the declassification of Netaji files, West Bengal government said that it would make public, the files of the cabinet meetings that were held during 1943-47, which was the crucial pre-independence era.

Background

  • A day before the declassification of the files, the Calcutta High Court asked why papers and documents pertaining to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose have not been disclosed even 67 years since India’s independence.

  • The court ordered the Centre to answer within two weeks on why it was yet to act on the orders of the Central Information Commission (CIC).

  • The CIC in July 2007 had ordered the Union of India to hand over all papers and documents pertaining to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to the National Archives of India. However, the Centre is yet to act according to the order.

  • Although the Prime Minister’s Office had said the files pertaining to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were exempt from disclosure under Section 8(1) (A) and Section 8(2) of the Right to Information Act, the Calcutta High Court’s order asking the Centre to respond within two weeks, acts as an acceptance of the CIC’s decision.

  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had escaped from his residence in Kolkata while under house arrest by the British, to seek international help for India’s struggle for independence. He is believed to have died in an air crash in 1945.


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