Govt. forms panel to review Official Secrets Act

Subas_Netaji_2374700fNEW DELHI: The government has formed an inter-ministerial committee headed by Cabinet Secretary to review the Official Secrets Act in the context of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files.
On Monday, Netaji’s grand nephew met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Germany and is understood to have raised the issue of declassification of all secret files related to the freedom fighter amid a row over snooping on the leader’s close relatives.
Surya Kumar Bose met the Prime Minister after attending a reception hosted in Modi’s honour by India’s Ambassador to Germany Vijay Gokhale.
Mr. Surya had said: “Subhas Bose did not belong just to his direct family. He had himself said that the whole country is his family. I do not think it’s just the duty of the family to raise this issue [of declassification of Netaji files].”
“It is the duty of the people of India to raise the issue. If I do get an opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, talk to him for a few minutes, then I would certainly raise the issue,” he had said.

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