Thursday, January 21, 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.

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