New Delhi, Feb 5: Shocking revelations have come to light which will surely leave Congress red-faced once again. Reportedly, recently released declassified files on Subhash Chandra Bose have confirmed that Netaji's Indian National Army treasure was looted.
Embarrassing fact for Congress is that the first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru was aware of the development but he maintained silence over it. Not only that, Nehru reportedly rewarded one of the aides for the same.
As per media reports, correspondence between Japan and India during that time (1951 to 1955) shows that Nehru knew about the theft.
In declassified files, it has been said that two ex-aides of Netaji - Munga Ramamurti, SA Ayer were involved in the misappropriation of INA funds which was approximately worth $700,000.
Reports say that both the aides SA Ayer and Munga Ramamurti were rewarded with plum offers in government department. Nehru government made Ayer publicity adviser of flagship Five Year Plans while Ramamurti was also helped to flourish in Japan.
In 2012, author Anuj Dhar also wrote a book with title "India's biggest cover-up" where he wrote about the scam extensively.
A TOI report says that on May 21, 1951, Tokyo Mission head K K Chettur had also raised suspicions about two aides of Netaji who were sent on a James Bond-esque mission to establish Netaji's death. Chettur had written a letter to commonwealth relations secretary B N Chakravarty and expressed his annoyance over the same.
"As you are no doubt aware, there have been serious allegations against Ramamurti with regard to the misappropriation of the funds of the late Indian Independence League, as also the personal property of the late Subhas Chandra Bose, consisting of considerable quantities of diamonds, jewellery, gold and other valuable articles. Rightly or wrongly, Ayer's name has also been associated with these charges...'', Chettur wrote.
The letter further said, "there is a party here who has seen the (treasure) boxes in Ayer's rooms and who was also to buy off the contents of these few boxes. What happened to these boxes subsequently is a mystery as all that we have got from Ayer is 300 gms of gold and about 260 rupees worth of cash.''