New Delhi, Sep 18: The Centre today remained non-committal over declassification of all files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose saying it was difficult to predict when to release all such documents. “Some files were already declassified by the Central government and sent to the National Archive. However, a decision has to be taken on the remaining files whether to declassify them or not. I cannot say when it will be done,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told reporters here. (Read: After declassification of Netaji’s 64 secret files, nation asks what next!)
On December 17, 2014, Rijiju’s colleague, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Parliament that the Ministry of External Affairs was holding on to 29 files and the Prime Minister’s Office still had 60 files related to Netaji. Chaudhary had also said that the MEA informed the Home Ministry that the information contained in these files is of sensitive nature and bringing this information in public domain at this juncture is not desirable from the point of view of India’s relations with other countries.
Sixty-four secret files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that could help throw light on his mysterious disappearance — an enduring enigma for seven decades — were today released by West Bengal government with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking the Centre to follow suit.