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At 117, Netaji Can Appear in Court: Petitioner

Published: 16th December 2014 05:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2014 07:35 AM   |  A+A-

MADURAI: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is alive and can even be produced before a court at the age of 117, if one goes by an affidavit filed in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

Two obscure outfits in the name of Netaji, claimed that the iconic leader was still alive in a secret place and that they were ready to produce him, provided his safety was guaranteed by the Centre.

Heading the Bharatiya Subhas Sena, A Alagu Meena, made these averments in an affidavit filed in support of the petition seeking to declassify all documents related to the mysterious death of Bose. She submitted that Aravind Prathap Singh, leader of Bharatiya Subash Sena, was ready to produce Bose in the Court.

What stands in the way, according to her is the agreement made by the then Union Home Minister Govind Ballabh Pant and the British to handover Bose, if found alive, as a war criminal. Further, she alleged that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, had in a letter to then British PM Clement Atlee, terming Bose as a war criminal.

To substantiate that Bose is alive, she cited the August 4, 1997 direction of the Allahabad High Court against treating Bose as dead. Also, the claims of Bose being alive made by late Forward Bloc leader Pasumpon Muthuramalingam were also given as proof.

In the affidavit, she drew attention to a Secret Telegram from British Intelligence (No2227 IPI/EBP of 1946 dated March 2, 1946) quoting the then Director of Intelligence Branch (DIB) that raised doubts about Bose’s death.

It also sought permission to produce a few secret documents and video evidence to show that Bose is still alive. The organisation submitted that it was ready for any scientific test including DNA test and Finger Print matches to confirm the identity of Bose.

Accepting the affidavit, Justice M Venugopal directed the registry to post the matter along with the main petition and adjourned the case to January 5, 2015.

Earlier, the Court had sought a detailed counter affidavit from the Union Government regarding the mysterious disappearance of Bose.

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