Declassified files: Rs 2 lakh trust fund for Netaji’s daughter

Saturday, Oct 29, 2016,13:28 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | A trust fund of Rs 2 lakh out of the Indian National Army’s funds was created for the benefit of Anita Bose, daughter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, according to declassified files on the freedom fighter released on Saturday.

According to the extracts from Indian Information Service dated May 24, 1954, this information was given by Jawaharlal Nehru on May 23 to Congress Working Committee which concluded its 2-day deliberations here.

The files also showed that some money may also have been paid to Bose’s wife Frau Schenkl in Switzerland.

Besides, the files also had a declassified letter of Ministry of External Affairs Ministry to Ambassador of India in Switzerland stating that “there is no objection to Anita Schenkl-Bose being registered as an Indian citizen under Article 8 of the Indian Constitution”.

Culture Secretary N K Sinha today released online the 9th and final batch of three declassified files which pertained to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from 1953 to 1990.

The first lot of 100 files related to Netaji was put in the public domain by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23 on the occasion of the freedom fighters 119th birth anniversary.

The second lot of 50 files was released in March and 25 files each were put in public domain in the subsequent months.

In all, 300 files have been put in public domain till now.

The disappearance of Netaji 70 years ago still remains a mystery with two Commissions of Inquiry concluding that he had died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945, while a third probe panel, headed by Justice M K Mukherjee, had contested it and suggested that Bose had survived the crash.