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Nehru letter calling Bose a war criminal sparks Congress-BJP row

Jawahar Lal Nehru Referred To Subhash Chandra Bose As A ‘war Criminal’ In Of The Files, Sources Who Have Knowledge Of The Netaji Files That Are Being Declassified Have Said.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Bindiya Bhatt | Updated on: 24 Jan 2016, 08:03:11 AM

New Delhi:

Jawahar Lal Nehru referred to Subhash Chandra Bose as a ‘war criminal’ in of the files, sources who have knowledge of the Netaji files that are being declassified have said.

Out of the 100 files one sparked controversy over a purported letter by Jawaharlal Nehru allegedly calling Bose a ‘war criminal’,with the Congress alleging that a forged document labelling Bose as a “war criminal” was being used to target first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for electoral gains, a charge that the BJP denies. Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma also angrily called the letter "fake and mischievous" and aimed at maligning the party.

A letter was written to the Prime Minister of England Clement Attlee on Dec 27, 1945.

"Dear Mr Attlee, I understand from reliable sources that Suhas Chandra Bose, your war criminal, has been allowed to enter Russian territory by Stalin. This is a clear treachery and betrayal of faith by the Russians as Russia has been an ally of the British-Americans, which she should not have done. Please take note of it and do what you consider proper and fit," Pandit Nehru wrote in his letter.

The letter is signed, "Yours Sincerely, Jawaharlal Nehru,".

This letter is likely to spark political storm in the country as it has been allegedly said that Nehru was unfair to the legacy of Netaji.

This letter was written four months after Netaji Bose’s supposed death in plane crash in Taipie on August 18, 1945.The letter also reveals that Nehru did not believed that Netaji lost his life in the plane crash.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will declassify 100 Netaji files on Saturday. Out of 100 files, 33 are from the PMO and others from the MEA and MHA.

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First Published : 23 Jan 2016, 11:50:00 AM