NEW DELHI — The government has set up an inter-ministerial committee headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth that is likely to decide on Thursday whether to declassify more files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The committee will review the Official Secrets Act in connection with the Netaji files, reported ANI.
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RAW, IB, Union home ministry and PMO officials will be part of the panel, the Times of India said in a report.
A rule says files can be declassified after 30 years. There are about 58 Bose-related files in the Prime Minister's Office and about 25 with the External Affairs Ministry.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Subhas Chandra Bose's grand-nephew Surya Kumar Bose, who said later that he had asked for the declassification of all secret files related to the freedom fighter. The prime minister, he said, had told him that he would look into it seriously and then decide.
"PM said he will try his best to open the files up as he hasn't seen the files himself and can't judge the content. It was an honest answer, he at least promised to look into it and try his best to do something about it. I am hopeful," Mr.Bose said.
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The matter is making headlines in the wake of declassified intelligence documents saying that Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru ordered a surveillance of Netaji's two homes and his relatives between 1948 and 1968.
Earlier, the Prime Minister's Office had refused to declassify the files in an RTI, reported NDTV, and argued that the "disclosure would prejudicially affect relations with foreign countries."
(With inputs from ANI)