Did the Nehru government awarded one of the men who stole treasure of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose led Indian National Army (INA)?
According to a report in Time of India, recently declassified documents have confirmed previous claims that the INA treasure was looted. Correspondence between Tokyo and New Delhi between 1951 to 1955 shows that the Nehru government was aware of the embezzlement of the treasure but seem to have chosen to look the other way.
According to the report, top secret files at National Archives show government officials suspected two ex-aides of Netaji Subhash Bose. One of the aides was awarded and made publicity adviser of PM Nehru’s flagship Five Year Plans. The treasure was estimated to be worth $700,000. The treasure “scam” was first detailed by author Anuj Dhar in his 2012 book “India’s biggest cover-up”.
On May 21, 1951, Tokyo Mission head K K Chettur wrote to commonwealth relations secretary B N Chakravarty raising suspicions about two key Bose aides – propaganda minister S A Ayer and head of the Indian Independence League in Tokyo, Munga Ramamurti, said the report. harges…”
K K Chettur wrote on 20 October 1951 that the Japanese government confidentially informed the Mission that Bose had with him “substantial quantity of gold ornaments and precious stones, but that he was allowed to carry only two suitcases on the ill-fated flight.”