Prime Minister Office (PMO) on May 27 released their fourth and final set of 24 classified files which also includes a correspondence between the Permanent Mission of India in New York and the external affairs ministry in 1999.
The correspondence revealed that the UN’s Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects (CROWCASS) had no reference to Netaji in their list of war criminals.
The file thus rests the old speculation that Bose figured on the list, which in turn had made him wary of returning to India post 1945.
The correspondence between the two is dated April 6, 1999 and is a part of the declassified file number 915/11/C/2/2000-PO1.
Talking about the latest disclosure, Netaji researcher and author Anuj Dhar said that this now buries the “war criminal” controversy for good adding that “a lot of time and energy have been wasted on the issue.”
Dhar also revealed that it was an American journalist who had first mentioned the possibility of Netaji being branded a war criminal by the British government.
Though Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Bose was happy about this disclosure and said that this would now help to take the probe forward, he refused to believe that this was the final set of files.
“These could be the last set that the PMO had handed over to the National Archives, but we are still at the initial stages of solving the Netaji disappearance mystery.”