While disposing a Public-Interest Litigation (PIL) with regard to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose being conferred with the Bharat Ratna, the Madras High Court recently directed the Union Home Ministry to consider the plea.
The Madras High Court bench, comprising of Justice MM Sundresh and Justice S Vimala, was hearing a PIL filed by K K Ramesh, who is the Managing Trustee of the Tamil Nadu Centre for Public Interest Litigation.
Besides seeking Bharat Ratna for Netaji, the PIL had also asked that his birth anniversary, January 23, be declared as a public holiday to honour him.
The petitioner Ramesh had contended at the High Court stating that :
“Every Indian citizen wants to honour Subhas Chandra Bose and no one should forget the sacrifice of the great freedom fighter.”
After hearing Ramesh’s plea the High Court bench considered his plea and said:
“The matter is to be considered only by the Union Home Secretary. Therefore, we do not propose to go into the merits of the case.”
Earlier, Ramesh had made his representation to the Union Home Secretary in this regard and approached them on January 27.
Though after waiting for days, he got no response from them and decided to move to Madras High Court.
The declassified files in turn had started few controversy, though it also revealed many facts with regards to Netaji’s death in 1945.