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Is Anita Pfaff daughter of Bose? RTI Activists question

 

 

A plea to ascertain the same is being tossed between Prime Minister's Office and Home Ministry with none being able to give clear answer.

 

The Home Ministry in a separate reply has accepted the Anita Pfaff is considered as the daughter of Subhash Chandra Bose by the Government.

 

"In a letter dated September 25, 2006 recieved from Ministry of External Affairs, it was stated that 'we have been informed by our Mission in Berlin that Mrs Anita Pfaff, daughter of Subhash Chandra Bose, has reuested for a copy of the Report of the Mukherjee Commission," S K Malhotra, Deputy Secretary Home Ministry had earlier replied.

 

A Mumbai-based resident, Ajay Marathe filed an RTI application seeking the reasons for such a belief by the Government. In his application he asked whether any scientific evidence was collected to reach such a belief.

 

He sought details of DNA test conducted, if any, to establish whether Bose is actually the biological father of the Augsburg based German Professor.

 

But Marathe is yet to get any reply as the PMO had transferred the application under sections (Sections 6(3)) of the RTI act to the Home Ministry in November.

 

The Home Ministry in turn tossed the ball back in Prime Minister's Office court with a reply,"the information asked by you is not available in our records.

 

"However, it appears, that the same may be available with Prime Minister’s Office. Accordingly, your application is transferred to PMO for appropriate action in the matter under the provision of RTI Act 2005."

Marathe claimed "many Indians are curious to know"whether Bose did in fact father a child while in Germany where he was attempting to gather support for the Indian National Army founded by him.

The 67-year-old Professor of Economics in Augsburg University in Germany, Professor Anita Bose Pfaff, was among the more high profile visitors to the city.

 

"Till date, mystery surrounds the death of S C Bose. The same is in the case of the daughter. Both the PMO and the Home Ministry's reply clearly reflects that the Indian government is not all that keen to settle the issue officially," he said.

 

Forensics has grown to such heights that even in the absence of the esteemed leader, DNA testing of Pfaff and close relatives of Bose, who still live in and around Cuttack in Orissa, could settle the matter once and for all, he said.

 

Source: RTI Application and the replies from PMO and MHA

RTI reply MHA.pdf

MHA Addendum.pdf

RTI Reply PMO.pdf

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As reported By: Amit Kumar at mid-day.com on 20 january 2010

Heartburn over RTI on Netaji's daughter

Even as the government is still struggling to uncover the mystery shrouding Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's death, an RTI over the leader's German daughter is causing bad blood between the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

 

Ajay Madhusudan Marathe, a Mumbai resident, had filed a right to information plea with the PMO on November 2, 2009. He sought to know on what basis Government of India recognizes Anita Pfaff, a German, the biological daughter and sole descendant of the Azad Hind Fauj.

 

Marathe also sought to know whether any DNA test was conducted to ascertain the real identity of Pfaff, a professor by vocation.

 

"Indians are curious to know whether Bose did in fact father a child whilst in Germany, attempting to gather support for the Indian National Army," Marathe said.

The PMO transferred the application under sections 6(3) of the RTI Act to the Home Ministry on November 10, 2009.

 

However, Marathe's quest remained unquenched, as the Home Ministry returned the application the PMO and informed Marathe that the information concerned was in the custody of the PMO and "not available in our records".

 

"Accordingly, your application is transferred to PMO for appropriate action in the matter under the provision of RTI Act 2005," the Home Ministry said in its reply to Marathe.

 

However, it did not go down too well with the PMO. Finding the ball back in its court, the PMO wrote to the Home Ministry on January 15, 2010 that the return of the application at the end of the 30 day period back with a reference suggesting difference in availability of records between ministry of Home Affairs and PMO "is not in order".

 

"Photocopies of records of this office (PMO) regarding Netaji SC Bose were made available to the Justice Mukherjee commission for enquiry into the alleged disappearance of Netaji SC Bose set up by the ministry of Home Affairs. The Mukherjee Commission has been wound up and the photocopy of the entire set of this office's record is available with the ministry of Home Affairs," the memorandum from PMO said.

 

Anguished over being dribbled by two top government offices, Marathe said, "Both the PMO and the Home Ministry's reply clearly reflects that the Indian government is not all that keen to settle the issue officially."

"Forensic science has developed so much that even in the absence of the esteemed leader, DNA testing of Ms Pfaff and close relatives of Bose, who still live in and around Cuttack in Orissa, could settle the matter once and for all, Marathe said.

 

Justice Mukherjee Commission
In 1999, following a court order, the Government of India formed Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry. It was headed by Justice (rtd) MK Mukherjee of the Supreme Court of India. The commission perused hundreds of files on Bose's death drawn from several countries and also visited Japan, Russia and Taiwan. The commission concluded that Bose "is dead but he did not not die in the plane crash, as alleged, the ashes in the Japanese temple are not of Netaji" and "...in the absence of any clinching evidence a positive answer cannot be given" to the terms of reference.

The Mukherjee Commission submitted its report to Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil on November 8, 2005. The report was tabled in the Indian Parliament on May 17, 2006. However, the Indian Government rejected the findings of the Commission.

 

 

 

Source: Heartburn over RTI on Netaji's daughter

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