New Delhi: Expressing shock and concern over snooping done on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s family, BJP today launched a scathing attack on Congress for the alleged role of its then government and said the opposition party has snooping in its DNA. BJP also cited examples of snooping on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s daughter-in-law and on former Finance Minister when chewing gum was found in his office.
“The BJP today is definitely taking a stand that this is really surprising and shocking. Already on the dimension of snooping, research that has come out, I certainly feel that till 2010-11 snooping has become a part of Congress’ DNA…We express our concern,” BJP leader and Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She said the revelation that has come out as a result of research, particularly on the aspect of snooping done by then government on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s family, has raised a lot of concerns in the minds of people. “The party (Congress) snooped then on Subhas Chandra Bose’s family and continued during Indira Gandhi’s regime when her daughter-in-law was also snooped at and the Finance Minister of the country was also subject to snooping, about which we do not know what came out,” the BJP Minister said. Sitharaman said even when the government was unaware of the whereabouts of Subhash Chandra Bose and did not even know whether he was alive or not, the government of the time continued snooping on his family till 1968. To a question on similar kind of snooping carried out in Gujarat on a common woman, she said it has been very clearly established that the victim herself at that time had said that there was no snooping on her.
“It was very clear. There was a Commission established and headed by a retired judge and the victim herself had said there was no snooping on her,” she said. Intelligence Bureau kept relatives of Subhas Chandra Bose under close surveillance for two decades, most of which was during Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure as Prime Minister, according to archival material, triggering a political controversy.
The IB sleuths intercepted and copied letters written by the Bose family and even trailed them on foreign tours. Bose’s family reacted to reports with “shock” and said it was a “poor reflection” on the quality of democracy at that time. Congress however debunked such reports about snooping on Netaji’s family by the then government.