Drama On Netaji Death: JP pertaining to Lok Sabha question on air crash story in August 1977
Analysis of MEA file, C/125/5/77-JP pertaining to Lok Sabha question on air crash story in August 1977
BY : SEN JOSEPH,RESEARCHER, KERALA
This is a MEA file with 57 pages and is one among the newly released 25 files dated 29th April 2016. A Parliament unstarred question put forth by Samar Guha and that too when Janata Govt was in power but still GOI did maintain a stereotyped approach.The file mentioned in the facing sheet to be maintained till 1990
Lok Sabha Unstarred question due for answer on 04/08/1977 regarding AIR CRASH INVOLVING NETAJI,
1.MEA (EA Div) report dated 02/08/1977 prepared by Shri.C.V.Rangarajan, the then Joint Secretary of ( N & EA) division speaks well crafted in favour of hushing truth,
a) Ever since December 1973, MHA is responsible with matter regarding death of Netaji, before which it was the responsibility of MEA, hence a transfer in parliamentary duty to answer to Samar Guha’s question was opted in favour of MHA, but owing to a last minute miscommunication, the Lok Sabha Secretariat retained the original allocation to MEA
b) MEA had enquired via the Indian High Commission in London in 1971, as to the reality of info related to Netaji said to be in the CATEGORY of WAR TIME INTELLIGENCE and still CLASSIFIED, a formal request to be made to UK
c) The crux of Guha’s question is the release of a full copy of the diary of Mountbatten which is not possible as the same is classified till date
2.N.K.Mukherjee, the then Home Secretary made a NOTE for the Cabinet dated 27/08/1977, approved by the Home Minister, Chaudhury Charan Singh, that the death of Netaji on 18/08/1945 was established by the two earlier probe bodies.
3.Pravesh Chandra, the then Under Secretary (Foreign Affairs) wrote to N.K.Sinha, the then Deputy Secretary, MHA dated 06/08/1977 enclosing the question and answer,
The question was for the diary of Mountabatten and it’s perusal, answer was evasive and explained about Khosla Commission report which established Netaji dead on 18/08/45 at Taipei
You asked for a banana and they gave a onion.
A typical bureaucracy duty bound to follow the Nehruvian beaten track even when a non Congress Government is in power