Mystery over Netajis death: Govt rejects panel findings

New Delhi, May 17 | Updated: May 18 2006, 05:30am hrs
The mystery over Netaji Subhash Chandra Boses disappearance continued with the Centre rejecting the Justice MK Mukherjee Commissions contention that Netaji did not die in the plane crash in 1945.

The government tabled the findings of the one-man commission, appointed by the previous NDA regime in 1999, along with its action taken report (ATR) in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The commission had submitted its report on November 8 last year.

The Commission concluded that Bose is dead, he did not die in the plane crash, as alleged, the ashes in the Japanese temple are not of Netaji and that in the absence of any evidence a positive answer cannot be given to the terms of reference.

The views of the government were given in the ATR along with the three-volume report of the commission set up to inquire into the circumstances concerning the departure of Netaji from Bangkok in August 1945, his reported death in an air crash and subsequent developments.

The ATR, tabled by minister of state for home S Ragupathy, said the government had examined the commissions report in detail and has not agreed with the findings.

The mystery had deepened with Justice Mukherjee having revealed some months back that the Taiwan government had informed the panel that there was no record of any air crash at Taipei between August 14 and September 20. Netaji was believed to have been killed in an air crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945.

It can safely and surely be presumed that he is no more, the panel said even though its attention was drawn to a photograph annexed by an affidavit that a sadhu of 124 years was found living in 2000.