Now, Centre says it reiterated UPA position on Netaji death, issue not closed
The Centre said it has reiterated the position taken by the erstwhile UPA government in 2006 that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was killed in a plane crash but will re-examine the case if new facts come up.india Updated: Jun 03, 2017 08:07 IST
The government said on Friday it has reiterated the position taken by the erstwhile UPA government in 2006 that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was killed in a plane crash but will re-examine the case if new facts come up.
The controversy started following an RTI reply by the Union home ministry that said the the government has come to conclusion that Netaji died in the plane crash on August 18, 1945.
The ministry referred to the findings of the Shah Nawaz Committee, the Justice GD Khosla Commission and the Justice Mukherjee Commission of Enquiry on the subject.
On Friday, the Union home ministry’s spokesperson said the reply was given on the position taken by the government in 2006 following the submission of report by the Mukherjee Commission on Netaji’s death.
“The RTI reply was based on that conclusion. The issue is not closed. Any new fact, if it comes up, will be examined by the government on merit and an appropriate decision will be taken,” the spokesperson said.
The government is now sending a supplementary reply to the RTI applicant clarifying the new position.
The government’s reply has triggered a shrap political reaction, especially in West Bengal.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee demanded a clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I am shocked to see this unilateral decision of the central government without evidence,” she said.
The Bengal unit of the BJP has announced on Facebook that they don’t support the RTI response that asserted that Bose, who was born in 1897, died in the air crash.