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.

This committee will decide whether to declassify the documents related to mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, TV reports said today.As per reports, the committee will also include officials from Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) departments.

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.

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

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.

A political storm had erupted after it was revealed that the Jawaharlal Nehru government spied on the relatives of Bose for nearly two decades.

Intelligence Bureau kept relatives of Subhas Chandra Bose under close surveillance for two decades, most of which was during Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure as Prime Minister, according to archival material.

With inputs from IANS

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Snooping row: Cabinet forms panel to decide on declassifying Netaji’s files