PMO not to disclose files pertaining to Netaji


New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has been told by the PMO that it cannot declassify the files related to freedom Fighter subhash Chandra Bose as it will adversely affect the relation with the foreign countries.

During the hearing before the CIC the PMO admitted that it has files related to Bose but did not give any specifics and submitted that they cannot be declassified keeping in mind the relations with foreign countries.

The Prime Minister’s office cited section 8 (1) (a) which allows the government to withhold information, disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence.

The declassification of the files was demanded by RTI activist Subhash Agarwal had made a plea before the commission that section 8(2) of the RTI Act which allows exempted records to be disclosed if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests.