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    Thanx again. I didnt see even this one. The article raises some good points about transparency.

    However, I wish to point out that what we sought was a descriptive list of classified "files" not documents. Kindly see the decision here.

    :::MISSION NETAJI::: CIC calls for list of secret Netaji files to decide on disclosure

    The following column appeared in HT yesterday:

    Our terribly secret service

    Indrajit Hazra , Hindustan Times

    Throwing me a piece of news about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is like serving Morarji Desai a glass of single malt whisky: it doesn’t terribly excite me. Whether like Elvis, the Great Bengali is still undead — clocking his 101st year ten days ago — is not something I think about even while passing the slightly cretinous Forward Bloc office building in Calcutta every year. But when I read a small story tucked away in the inside pages of this paper last week on how, responding to an RTI petition regarding providing public access to a “descriptive list” of ‘classified’ records related to Netaji, the PMO stated that it can’t make the list public, I coughed and sat up saying “Dilli abhi bhi dur hain!” The PMO pointed out that revealing even a list, never mind the contents, of classified material was not permissible as the information will “prejudicially affect India’s relation with a foreign State”.

    Um, which country? Japan, where Bose’s plane was flying to before it crashed in Taiwan on August 18, 1945? Germany, whose führer, Bose’s pal, had just copped it some three months before? Or is it Russia, where Comrade Stalin, so goes the conspiracy theory, packed him off to a Siberian gulag? Um, we don’t know. But clearly somebody in the PMO believes that the disclosure of a ‘descriptive list’ of the classified ‘Netaji Papers’ will make Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda or Chancellor Angela Merkel or President Vladimir Putin pick up the phone and tell our PM, “What is this, Mr Prime Minister? I thought our countries were friends! Now look what your people have got us into.”

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Redir....b-ee3d731e9cc1


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    Re: Full panel of CIC to decide on documents on Netaji


    Anuj,

    Just for your information, came across another "provisional" decision on Netaji papers in connection with a application filed by Shri Chandrachur Ghosh:

    http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/Decision_22022008_07.pdf

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    Many thanx indeed. We were not aware of it. Let's see what do we get. There is no way MHA is going to give all the exhibits. Many are classified files.

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    Disclose documents in Netaji's death case: CIC



    As reported at ptinews.com on 04 Sep 2009

    New Delhi, Sep 4 (PTI) The CIC today directed the Union Home Ministry to disclose all its records used by the Justice Mukherjee Commission to probe the alleged disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in 1945.

    Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, however, reserved his verdict on making public documents relating to the issue which belonged to other ministries, state governments and Prime Minister's Office. These documents are currently in possession of the Home Ministry.

    He said while the onus to disclose them, under the RTI Act, lies on the "holder" of the document, which at present is the Home Ministry and not any other ministries, he would look at court decisions and provisions under the law in this regard before giving his ruling.

    The decision comes 33 months after Chandrachur Ghose, an executive with a private firm, filed his application seeking disclosure of exhibits listed in the Commission report.

    Source: fullstory

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    As reported in dailypioneer.com on 21 Feb 2012:
    Centre gets HC prod on plan to publish secret info on Netaji

    Centre gets HC prod on plan to publish secret info on Netaji

    In a setback to the Governments attempt to sweep under the carpet a 62-year-old manuscript containing crucial data about the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the Delhi HC recently directed the Ministry of Defence to state within two weeks as to when it proposed to publish the work kept secret for over six decades.

    The manuscript titled History of Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army), prepared by renowned historian Praful Chandra Gupta in 1950 is the only work commissioned by the Government of India on the activities of INA and the fate of its leaders, in particular Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

    The occasion for the Court to intervene was an order passed by the Central Information Commission (CIC) directing the Centre to furnish the document to the RTI applicant Chandrachur Ghosh, who is an office bearer of a trust called Mission Netaji. Challenging this order, the Centre appealed to Delhi High Court claiming the CIC direction was opposed to the countrys economic interest.

    Moreover, the Centre has claimed the document is classified - a status that has been questioned on the ground that a 1950 work is outdated unless the Government intended to review it. The manuscript is currently lying with the History division of the Ministry of Defence for the past fifty years with not a single attempt being made to revise or publish it.

    Justice Vipin Sanghi of the Delhi HC refused to buy the Centres excuse and directed the Ministry of Defence to preserve the manuscript in its original form. Posting the matter two weeks from Monday, the judge directed the Centre to indicate the time-frame within which it intended to publish the original work. The order has served a huge blow to the Centre, which earlier denied any move to publish the 1950 document but later conceded by agreeing to come out with an abridged version of the said work.

    For RTI applicant Ghosh, a self-professed activist determined to unearth details about the life and death of Netaji, the order came as a shot in the arm. His lawyer Anirudha Rajput had produced before the Court a copy of the oral evidence of eminent historian RC Majumdar recorded before the one-man Commission of Inquiry into the disappearance of Netaji on December 5, 1972.

    Majumdar, who interacted frequently with the author Praful Chandra Gupta, categorically stated, He (Gupta) wrote a big volume but that has not been published, and now I understand that it will never be publishedI asked him (Gupta) why it was not being published. I was told that they (Government) said that it would have a bad effect on the morale of the Indian Army. In the year 2007, the then Defence Minister, in his response to a question in Parliament admitted there is no proposal with the Government to publish Guptas work.
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    PM cant declassify Netaji files: PMO says in RTI reply

    Sreejith Panickar, an IT professional based in Thiruvananthapuram, had sent an RTI application asking, Does the PM have any prerogative to issue an order to declassify the files and send them to the National Archives

    The Prime Minister has no power to declassify secret files relating to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Prime Ministers Office said in an RTI reply.
    There are no mentions in Manual of Office Procedure or Public Records Rules, 1997, regarding any discretionary power vested in PM to de-classify records, the PMO said.
    Sreejith Panickar, an IT professional based in Thiruvananthapuram, had sent an RTI application asking, Does the PM have any prerogative to issue an order to declassify the files and send them to the National Archives?

    Read at: PM can’t declassify Netaji files: PMO says in RTI reply | The Indian Express

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    Nehru govt spied on Netaji Bose's family for 20 years, say declassified IB files

    In what could come as an embarassment to the Congress, two declassified Intelligence Bureau (IB) files have reportedly revealed that the government under India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru spied on the family of Subhas Chandra Bose for nearly 20 years.
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    The government was responding to an RTI application to the PMO by Sreejith Panickar, an IT professional based in Thiruvananthapuram, who had asked the government, "Does the Prime Minister have any prerogative to issue an order to declassify the files and send them to the National Archives?"


    Read at: Nehru govt spied on Netaji Bose's family for 20 years, say declassified IB files - Firstpost

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