New Delhi: The second tranche of 25 secret files on Subhas Chandra Bose is likely to be declassified this month, culture minister Mahesh Sharma has said.
“We are going to release 25 secret files every month. We are ready with the files that are going to be released this month," Sharma said when asked about declassification of the documents popularly known as Netaji files.
The government had earlier said the National Archives of India (NAI) would release digital copies of declassified files on Bose every month. As many as a hundred secret files were made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Bose’s 119th birth anniversary on 23 January.
The next set of files are likely to be made public on 23 February. “A set of 25 files on Netaji may be released on 23 February. It is also expected that the files will be released on the 23rd of every month afterwards," a person with knowledge of the matter said.
The files, released last month, comprised over 16,600 pages of historic documents, ranging from those of the British Raj to as late as 2007, an official had said.
The NAI also opened a dedicated website to store all the declassified files related to Bose. In October 2015, Modi had met Bose’s family members and announced that the government would declassify the files relating to the leader whose disappearance 70 years ago remains a mystery.
While two commissions of inquiry had concluded that Bose died in a plane crash in Taipei on 18 August 1945, a third probe panel headed by justice M.K. Mukherjee had contested it and suggested that Bose was alive after that incident. PTI