extra that Justice Khosla Commission did vis-a-vis Shah Nawaz
Committee was to go to Taiwan, thanks to the efforts of a prominent
Forward Block MP, to study the alleged crash and cremation sites.
It managed to enlist some of the survivors as witnesses but
got a cold response from Pakistan-based Colonel Habibur Rehman,
the only Indian to have witnessed Netaji's death. Habibur Rehman
refused to entertain the Commission.
The G D Khosla Commission Report has been decried by its
critics as one rich in rhetoric and poor in substance. It
employs an unreasonable number of words to rubbish grossly
misplaced theories about Subhas Bose's sightings throughout
1950s and 60s.
Last but not the least, the report labours heavily to disprove
charges that governments in independent India had not been
hampering the probe into Subhas Bose's disappearance. Justice
Khosla took special care to clear charges flung at Pandit
Jawaharlal Nehru that somehow gained prominence during this
The epitaph for the Khosla Commision Report as well as its
predecessor, was written by former Prime Minister Morarji
Desai on August 28, 1978 in the Lok Sabha. He said:
"The Shah Nawaz Committee and the Khosla Commission
hold the report of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's death following
a plane crash as true. Since then, reasonable doubts have
been cast on the correctness in the two reports and various
important contradictions in the testimony of the witnesses
have been noticed.
"Some further contemporary official documentary records
have also become available. In the light of those doubts and
contradictions and those records, government finds it difficult
to accept that the earlier conclusions are decisive."