Sayak Sen, a resident of Konnagar in Hooghly, who had been researching Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, filed an RTI on September 24, 2022. The RTI requested for the electropherogram report of the DNA sample of Gumnami Baba, who some believe was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the guise of a sadhu.
But the Kolkala Central Forensic Science Laboratory refused to share the electropherogram report citing Sections 8(1)(A), (E) and 11(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.
Section 8(1) of RTI act states that disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India the security, strategic and economic interests of the State.
However, in response to an RTI query of one Sayak Sen, the CFSL agreed that the electropherogram report of a DNA sample of Gumnami Baba, who died in 1985, is in its custody.
Although it is generally believed that Netaji died in an aeroplane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945, some suggest that he survived the crash and went into hiding to evade the then-British government.
A section of people believe that Netaji lived at many places in Uttar Pradesh, including Naimisharanya (Nimsar), Basti, Ayodhya and Faizabad, after changing his identity. After Gumnami Baba’s death in 1985, the Mukherjee Commission, which was formed by the then Central government, was unable to establish that the old man was Bose because the handwriting and DNA tests report pointed towards the contrary.
The RTI application had sought, whether the electropherogram report of Gumnami Baba’s DNA test conducted under the supervision of Mukherjee Commission is available in Calcutta CFSL, if not available the report of the destruction of the report, and if the report exists, hand over the report to the petitioner.
In the plea he had noted that the report was not given to the Mukherjee Commission and the Mukherjee Commission has been abolished now. In its reply, CFSL said that it still has the report and it has not been destroyed, but it can’t be handed over.
Sayak Sen told the media “I’ve been notified that the electropherogram cannot be provided for three reasons. Most importantly, making it public may have an impact on India’s sovereignty and ties with other countries.”
He also asked why a man who lived in a distant area of Uttar Pradesh would matter so much to India’s international relations and make such a commotion in the country if his electropherogram was revealed to the public.
Sen has asserted that Gumnami Baba was clearly more than a common man, and he was special. As per my research, he was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in disguise.