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No record on Syama Prasad Mookerjee's death available?

delhi Updated: Nov 22, 2009 09:56 IST

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Does any document exist pertaining to the death of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee in a Jammu and Kashmir prison 55 years ago?

The officials of the Home Ministry seem to have no clear answer about it as they could not come up with any "satisfactory" reply to the queries of an RTI applicant, who filed his plea in this regard.

Instead, the Ministry kept moving the application to different sections without providing any answer, applicant Jaydeep Mukherjee, who is also a functionary of the All India Legal Aid Forum, alleged.

One of his questions was whether the files pertaining to the death of the right-wing leader were confidential or not. But the ministry could not even ascertain that.

"The application was forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs on August 7 from Central Information Commission. Deputy secretary (Home Ministry) S K Bhatnagar forwarded it to Director, T N Chugh on August 17. The application was again forwarded to JK Division which sent it to another division of the Ministry. No satisfactory reply was ever given," he alleged.

Jaydeep said the ministry also forwarded the documents to Lok Sabha Secretariat as one of the questions related to the statement made by then prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, but no satisfactory reply was received.