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PMO mulls Netaji files' declassification

The move is expected to bring to light fresh information about his mysterious disappearance.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 11:50 IST

The Prime Minister's Office is considering declassification of some files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in a move expected to bring to light fresh information about his mysterious disappearance.

"As regards classified files held by the PMO (on Netaji), an exercise is being undertaken to review them for declassification," Central Public Information Officer Kamal Dayani, said in a letter to 'Mission Netaji', a Delhi-based organisation.

Files declassified after review would be sent to the National Archives of India, Dayani wrote to the organisation which runs the website 'www.missionnetaji.org'.

'Mission Netaji' had written to the PMO under the RTI Act to confirm whether they, or the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) which reports to the PMO, were holding any classified record or material on Bose.

"As regards records kept by RAW, your application is transferred to them for appropriate action. You may contact them for appropriate action," Dayani said in his letter.

The PMO, however, has offered to provide a list of 11 unclassified files.

According to 'Mission Netaji' official Anuj Dhar, the Ministry of External Affairs, however, has rejected its request seeking reconsideration of their refusal to furnish the complete correspondence the MEA had with the USSR or the Russian governments over the fate of Bose.