Friday, February 1, 2013

HC directs UP government to form a panel to find out if Gumnami Baba was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad high court has directed the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to form a panel to probe identity of Gumnami Baba alias Bhagwanji of Faizabad, who many claim was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

A division bench comprising Justice Devi Prasad Singh and JusticeVirendra Kumar Dixit, after hearing separate writ petitions, including one filed by niece of Netaji Bose, Lalita Bose, and two others, in its order said: 
"The state government is directed to consider for appointment of a committee consisting of a team of experts and higher officers, headed by a retired judge of high court, to hold an enquiry with regard to the identity of late Gumnami Baba alias BhagwanJi who resided in RamBhawanFaizabad and cremated on September 18, 1985. Let a decision be taken expeditiously, say within a period of three months."

The bench also directed the state government to consider establishment of a museum at Faizabad where the articles of late Gumnami Baba as well as other ancient items may be kept scientifically under the supervision of a qualified person. Further, the bench directed the state government as well as the Centre to repossess all items of Gumnami Baba taken byMukherjee Commission and submit it to the treasury of Faizabad, which in turn, should transfer the items to the museum established at appropriate place notified by the state.The bench said the records of both the writ petitions which contain reports and other materials shall be kept in sealed cover and opened only on the order of the court by the registry.

The respondents have been asked by the court to submit a compliance of the order within four months.

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