Sahay commission submits judicial on Gumnami Baba

19 September, New Delhi


The Justice (Retd) Vishnu Sahay Commission probing on the mystery of Gumnami Baba of Faizabad, who had been termed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in disguise, today submitted his final report to Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik. In the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior officials Justice Sahay handed over the 347 page report to the governor at the Rajbhawan here.

Official sources here said now the Governor would examine the report and will suggest required action to the state government.

The Vishnu Sahay Commission tool charge of the probe on July 4, 2016 and completed it’s probe within 14 months time.

On January 31, 2013 Allahabad High Court had directed to set up a judicial commission on a petition claiming that Gumnami Baba was Subhash Chandra Bose.

Gumnami Baba had been claimed to be Netaji by several people who were in touch with him, including erstwhile revolutionary freedom fighters, soldiers of the Indian National Army and others; a claim supported by many investigative journalists too. Gumnami Baba died on September 18,1985 and has been cremated at Guptara ghat on the banks of Saryu in Faizabad.

A report said on August 18, 1945 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was seriously injured and badly burned in a plane crash in Taihoku airport, Taiwan and is believed to have passed away in a nearby Japanese military hospital.The HC gave its direction in response to petitions filed by Lalita Bose(daughter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s elder brother Suresh Chandra Bose) and others.

The question whether the monk was actually Netaji or not, was investigated in-depth by the Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry (JMCI) which was set up by the NDA Government in 1999 under a Calcutta High Court order.Justice Manoj Mukherjee reached the conclusion that the story of Netaji’s death in a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945 was just that – a story and that the ashes preserved at the Renkoji Temple in Tokyo are not his.

The UPA Government rejected the findings of the report without showing any reason and shelved JMCI’s proposal for DNA test of the ashes.As far as determining the identity of the reclusive monk was concerned, Justice Mukherjee wrote that despite significant evidence linking Bhagwanji to Netaji, in absence of “clinching evidence” the two persons could not be said to be the same.

With the JMCI report being rejected by the UPA Government, the question of Bhagwanji’s identity also fizzled out, until Justice Mukherjee, in an informal discussion was caught on camera admitting that he was 100 per cent sure of Bhagwanji being Netaji.

The inventory of articles belonging to Gumnami Baba, many of which were taken away by the JMCI during its investigation, were more than sufficient to impress the stature of the Gumnami.

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