MoD not for revealing Indian National Army history
While the country will be celebrating the 114th birth anniversary of the leader on Sunday, the unpublished book commissioned by government six decades ago to chronicle the history of Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army (INA) will remain under wraps till the matter is finally decided.
The case relates to an RTI application filed by activists Anuj Dhar and Chandrachur Ghose who had sought a copy of the manuscript of the book by P C Gupta, written 60 years ago, from the Defence Ministry.
Information Commissioner M L Sharma had ordered the disclosure of manuscript rejecting the argument put forth by the Defence Ministry. He said information sought by Ghose and Dhar is "disclosable (sic)" and the reasons provided by the ministry do not hold in the light of the oath by the duo.
But rather than providing the manuscript, the Ministry has challenged the decision in the Delhi High Court which has stayed the disclosure till final order.
Meanwhile, Ghose, Dhar and other like-minded people have started a drive to get all records concerning Netaji de-classified. A pamphlet released by them links the matter to transparency and wants "complete disclosure of all information on Netaji" held by the government.
"It is unfathomable why the Ministry is so bent on hiding information that is not classified. Even the CIC did not find merit in their arguments," Ghose said.