The Sahai commission did not even consider this idea, demonstrates that the inquiry was a farce

Inland letters and telegrams written by and received from Dr Pabitra Mohan Roy (a senior official of Bose's Indian National Army's intelligence wing) were also found among the belongings of Gumnami Baba. As the inspection of these items continue, the subject of these letters, however, is still uncertain. Binoculars used by the Azad Hind Fauj. Gumnami Baba lived in a part of Ram Bhawan, Faizabad (now Ayodhya) from December 1982 till September 16, 1985, when he died. His last rites were performed at the Guptar Ghat in Faizabad (now. Gumnami Baba, alias Bhagwanji, who died on September 16, 1985, spent the last days of his life in Ram Bhavan, a house in Faizabad, belonging to one Thakur Gurudutt Singh. Whoever he was, he was definitely no ordinary saint. There exists a strong possibility that he was India’s iconic freedom fighter, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in disguise. Netaji was rumored to have perished in a plane crash on 18 August 1945.


Two leading handwriting experts in US and India, who opined that Gumnami Baba and Subhas Chandra Bose were the same person

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The Sahai commission did not even consider this idea, demonstrates that the inquiry was a farce

Leela Roy met ‘Gumnami Baba’ and identified him as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose!

But no efforts were made to summon key witnesses or scrutinise important police & intelligence files by Sahai Commission

Press statement issued by Chandrachur Ghose and Anuj Dhar, authors of Conundrum: Subhas Bose’s Life After Death

Dated: 20th December, 2019

There are reports in media to the effect that Justice Vishnu Sahai commission, which was to ascertain the identity of Gumnami Baba, has failed to do so. Reports say that the commission has stated that he was actually a follower of Netaji.

The commission reached this conclusion on the basis of letter in Bengali written by Bulbul from Kolkata in October 1980, reading, ‘when will you come to my place. We will be very happy if you visit on the birthday of Netaji’. According to Justice Sahai this makes it clear that Gumnami Baba was not Netaji.

Chandrachur Ghose and Anuj Dhar are the writers of the 2019 book “Conundrum: Subhas Bose’s life after death”, which details, in 856 pages, their conclusion that Gumnami Baba was Netaji. They rely upon documentary, eyewitness and forensic evidence – most of which was ignored by Sahai Commission.

Earlier, both appeared before the commission and have for the last two years stated that the inquiry was farce. They wrote a letter to UP Chief Minister on this matter in 2017, stating their position:

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Ghose and Dhar’s initial reaction to reports about Sahai Commission report is as follows:

The Commission’s report should be rejected as it fails to meet the main objective of setting up the inquiry. Instead of identifying Gumnami Baba, the report has taken sought an easy escape route through a frivolous assertion.

The suggestion that Gumnami Baba was a follower of Netaji flies in the face of facts. In 30 years that he was in India secretly, Gumnami Baba maintained contacts with several Netaji aides and others including then RSS chief. There is no evidence in the letters that have survived that they treated him like a follower of Netaji, in fact they were reverential about him and dropped clear hints that they thought he was Netaji.

Gumnami Baba forbade people to refer to his real identity and that’s why they avoided references, but reading their letters one can easily make out what they thought of his real identity.

It’s absurd that merely on the basis of a single letter by one Bulbul from Kolkata it is being construed that he was not Netaji, when we have clear signals coming from leading Netaji aides. A perusal of Gumnami Baba’s letters clearly demonstrate that he left no ambiguity that he was talking and writing as Netaji.

Leela Roy was a leading revolutionary of her time and a contemporary of Subhas Bose, whom she knew since 1920s. Her portrait is there in Parliament of India, which underlines her eminence. Leela Roy met Gumnami Baba and identified him as Netaji.

One of her letters recovered among Gumnami Baba’s belongings reads: “I am like a rock for the greatest patriot and one of the greatest men of age, not because I think it to be my duty but because I cannot do otherwise.” A person of Leela Roy’s stature would never write something like this for a mere follower of Netaji.

Dr Pabitra Mohan Roy of the Indian National Army (INA) intelligence service, who nearly sacrificed his life for Netaji and India and was an MLA in free India, functioned as eyes and ears of Gumnami Baba. In one of his letters he wrote:

“I wish to say something- your own words – ‘You are my intelligence officer-without fear or favour must act’. Now allow me to begin in a similar way. Keeping in mind Maa Kaali – Deshmata – Bangajanani – Bharatmata [Mother India] and your feet, I wanted to tell you that just like in the past, I still have the same unflinching faith and love-trust; unwavering obedience; total dedication and loyalty towards you.” [Translated from Bengali]”

The commission made no attempt to trace the family members of Leela Roy or Pabitra Mohan Roy and others and made deduction merely on the basis of their reading of one letter. The kin of Leela Roy and Pabitra Mohan Roy say he was Netaji. No efforts were made to summon key witnesses or scrutinise important police and intelligence files.

The very fact that Chandrachur Ghose and Anuj Dhar, individuals with limited means, were able to get Gumnami Baba’s handwriting tested by two leading experts in US and India, who opined that Gumnami Baba and Subhas Chandra Bose were the same person, even as the commission did not even consider this idea, demonstrates that the inquiry was a farce.

Caption:This is Gumnaami Baba’s handwriting in a letter written to Dr Pabitra Mohan Roy, who was an ex-secret service agent of Netaji’s INA. India’s famous handwriting expert B. Lall and Curt Baggett of US has confirmed that both the handwriting’s of Gumnaami Baba and that of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was of one and the same person.

Justice M K Mukherjee, who investigated the fate of Netaji, has known to have since then accepted off the record that Gumnami Baba was Netaji. Sahai worked under Mukherjee both in Allahabad High Court and Bombay High Court, where Mukherjee used to be Chief Justice. The very fact Sahai did not take Mukherjee’s views on record, even though he was requested to do so, shows that he inquiry was inquiry only in name.

See M K Mukherjee byte:

This is the Press Statement given w.r.t. the Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission Report in Identity if Gumnaami Baba. The report was tabled in UP Assembly yesterday and the following news appeared today on 20th December.

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New Delhi [India], Aug 30 (ANI): NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose had continued living in parts of Uttar Pradesh after his reported death in 1945, under the guise of a monk 'Gumnami Baba', a fact his family members were aware of but did not want to reveal, according to author Anuj Dhar whose book 'Conundrum' came out earlier this year.
'My understanding is that Gumnami baba is NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose and the Government of India is very well aware of it. Members of Netaji's family were also aware of it. They do not want this to come up because it will not reflect well on them,' Dhar said.
Earlier on Thursday, Chandra Kumar Bose, kin of Netaji had claimed that there was no connection between the legendary freedom fighter and filmmaker Srijit Mukherji's latest flick 'Gumnaami', which according to him was based on the book 'Conundrum, Subhas Bose's Life After Death'.
'Srijit is not telling the truth and he made a film based on Conundrum which states that Gumnami Baba was Netaji. If his film is based on Conundrum then why is he not mentioning it?' said Bose.
Dhar, who co-authored the book with Chandrachur Ghosh further alleged that Netaji's family members were 'threatened' by the issue being discussed in the mainstream.
'I believe Netaji was alive and he did not die in 1945, but they never felt threatened by the 'Gumnami Baba' issue because it was limited to a smaller circle. Now with this book, it has gone mainstream. People are now talking about it and now the family is being threatened by it. They are trying to fence that the issue which they had covered up is coming to the front,' he said.
Dhar also said he had 'evidence' to back up his claims on Netaji and was ready for any inquiry the government wanted to conduct in this regard.
'Our evidence is circumstantial, eyewitness account and forensic experts. We have handwriting experts from India as well as from abroad and if you compare with government reports then their report is patently fraud. The DNA report was fraud because the report was leaked much before the results. If the government wants to do an enquiry then we are open for that,' he said.
Speaking about why the Indian government had not taken interest in clearing out the mystery surrounding the freedom fighter's death, he said, 'When British left this country then they planted a story that they left India because of Ahimsa (non-violence). Which is carried forward by people and they have gained from this myth and this myth has become famous in Western countries and the people in all elite class they have their children settled in Europe and America.
'They can't go against something which is popular in Europe and America. The Gandhi brand will take a big hit if Netaji story comes out. That is why the governments in India do not want to touch the topic of NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose case,' Dhar added.
The issue came to the front after filmmaker Srijit Mukherji announced his latest flick 'Gumnaami' which is said to be based on 'Gumnami Baba', the monk who lived in Uttar Pradesh.
Netaji's kin have claimed that there is no connection between the legendary freedom fighter and Mukherji's film.
Earlier this month, the filmmaker was served a legal notice with regard to his upcoming movie.
A lawyer acting on behalf of his client, Debabrata Roy had served the notice to Mukherji asking the filmmaker to 'refrain from portraying fictitious story on Bose.' (ANI)