Snooping row: Modi meets Netaji’s kin in Berlin

Amid a row over snooping on close relatives of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, his grand nephew, Surya Kumar Bose, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday night in Berlin and raised the issue of declassification of all secret files related to the freedom fighter.

Modi-SuryaSurya Kumar Bose met the Prime Minister after attending a reception hosted in Modi’s honour by India’s ambassador to Germany Vijay Gokhale.

Surya, also the president of the Indo-German Association in Hamburg, was invited by the Indian embassy to attend the reception for Modi.

Surya later said he had urged the Prime Minister that the papers should be declassified immediately as he was shocked at the recent reports that the government of Jawaharlal Nehru had “spied” upon Netaji’s family.

Asked about Modi’s response, he said the Prime Minister said he would look into the matter right away as he too felt that the “truth should come out”.

Surya attacked the Nehru government, saying it was “shocking” that a government of independent India had spied upon Netaji’s family.

“The government should get the truth out,” he said. Surya said there should an investigative commission to go into the matter to bring out the truth.

“The government also should stop spreading lies that only non-violence had led to the Independence as it could not be won without the contribution of Subhas Bose,” Surya said.

Asked about the earlier commissions of inquiry, he said, “the first two were totally bogus.”

He said the Mukherjee Commission had done more but it did not have investigative powers.