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PIL on INA missing wealth

Kolkata: A PIL was filed in Calcutta high court on Friday seeking an order directing the Centre to form an inquiry commission to submit a report on the whereabouts of the INA treasure received by the government after transfer of power. and submit a report to the court. The division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellu 
 and Justice Arijit Banerjee directed the Centre to file an affidavit in four weeks and the matter has been fixed for final hearing after eight weeks.

Submitting the petition filed by activist Surojit Dasgupta , advocate Rudrajyoti Bhattacharya alleged embezzlement of INA funds at various stages. The petitioners said that for continuance of provincial government of Azad Hind in exile and funding India's freedom struggle, Netaji had appealed to people of Indian origin to contribute so as to materialize the aim and objective of the India National Army. People at large in response to his appeal were generous enough to donate their wealth voluntarily. Which in accumulation The donations amounted to several hundred crores in cash, gold and jewellery, which were deposited in provincial Azad Hind Bank in Singapore , Siam, Bangkok, Burma, Malaya and other places in Southeast Asia .

The petitioners cited a letter dated October 20, 1951, to allege that the accumulated wealth was equal to Netaji's weight. This letter was reportedly, as stated. that it would be evident from the top secret letter of October 20 1951, which was signed by KK Chettur , a member of Indian liaison mission at Tokyo , who was communicating with S Dutt , secretary, Commonwealth Relations. that on January 26, 1945, donations in cash, gold (11kg 300 gms) and other valuables received by Azad Hind government in response to Netaji's clarion call were equal to his (Netaji) weight. The petitioners state that it reveals from a top secret letter (Mach 7, 1961) among the valuables an image of emerald Buddha was an integral part. The image weighing 17,880 carets was witnessed by P.K. Banerjee of embassy of India in Japan . He communicated the matter to the joint secretary ministry of external affairs in Delhi. In fact, there are no less than 37 IB and ministry of external affairs file which have reference to the INA treasure but majority of these files are still classified. The petition alleged that a portion of the wealth was also deposited in the name of Jawaharlal Nehru .The governor of Singapore, in a letter to the secretary of state for the colonies,London , dated May 6, 1950, communicating thereby the value of gold and cash received from INA funds at Singapore after the end of World War-II. The letter allegedly confirms that gold weighing approximately 5,634gm was deposited in the Indian Overseas Bank in the name of Jawaharlal Nehru.

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