New Delhi, Oct 15 (PTI) The Central Information Commission has directed the National Archives of India to give a “categorical” response to an RTI applicant who asked the Prime Minister’s Office whether freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was dead or alive.Also Read - Farah Khan Tests Positive For Coronavirus Despite Being Double Vaccinated, Says 'I Didn't Put My Kaala Teeka'

In his application, Avdhesh Kumar Chaturvedi also wanted to know why the prime minister had paid tributes to Bose on his birth anniversary in 2015 and 2016. Also Read - Highlights India vs England 1st Test, Day 1: Bumrah, Shami Dominate as India Take Opening Day's Honours

Not getting a satisfactory response, Chaturvedi approached the CIC, the highest appellate authority in RTI matters. He submitted that he had not received any authentic information regarding the death of Bose. Also Read - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose 125th Birth Anniversary: Govt Declares 23rd January as Parakram Diwas

The Prime Minister’s Office said the subject matter of this RTI application pertained to the Culture Ministry, so they had transferred it to the ministry.

“Further, he (the PMO Central Public Information Officer) informed that all the files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were declassified and sent to the National Archives of India for permanent retention,” Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur said.

Mathur said the CPIO of the National Archives of India should give a “categorical” reply to the appellant as per this RTI application, within 15 days from the date of this order.

Bose had founded Indian National Army, commonly known as Azad Hind Fauz, in 1942 to fight British with the support of Japanese forces. January 23 is celebrated as his birth anniversary.

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