Central Forensic Laboratory refuses to share Gumnami Baba’s DNA report

The Central Forensic Laboratory (CFSL) in Kolkata refused to release the electropherogram report of the DNA sample of Gumnami Baba, who some believe was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in disguise as a sadhu, citing Sections 8(1) (A), (E) , and 11(1) of the Right to Information Act 2005.

In response to an RTI request from Sayak Sen, a resident of Konnagar in Hooghly, the CFSL accepted that the electropherogram report of the DNA sample of Gumnami Baba, who died in 1985, be in its possession.

Although Netaji is widely believed to have died in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945, some suggest he survived the crash and went into hiding to escape the British government at the time.

Sayak-sen Told India Today that CFSL rejected its RTI plea, saying it would not provide the electropherogram report for three reasons. “I have been advised that the electropherogram cannot be provided for three reasons. More importantly, making it public can impact India’s sovereignty and its ties with other countries,” Sen said.

Sen also questioned why a man who lived in a remote area of ​​Uttar Pradesh would be so important to India’s international relations and would cause such a stir in the country if his electropherogram was revealed to the public.

“Gumnami Baba was clearly more than an ordinary man, and he was special. According to my research, he was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in disguise,” Sen claimed.

The RTI application had asked if the electropherogram report of Gumnami Baba’s DNA test carried out under the supervision of the Mukherjee Commission is available in Calcutta CFSL, if not available the destruction report of the report, and if the report exists, provide the report to the applicant. He had noted that the report had not been given to the Mukherjee Commission and that the Mukherjee Commission had now been abolished. In its response, CFSL said it still had the report and that it had not been destroyed, but could not be released.

An electropherogram is a graph representing the results of an automated sequencing analysis by electrophoresis. An electropherogram is a series of data produced by automated DNA sequencing equipment. Electropherograms can be used to determine the results of genealogical DNA testing and paternity testing.

Notably, some of the people who believe that Bose survived the plane crash claim that after concealing his name, Netaji lived in several localities in Uttar Pradesh including Naimisharanya (Nimsar), Basti, Ayodhya and Faizabad. After Gumnami Baba’s death in 1985, the Mukherjee Commission, established by the then central government, failed to prove that Gumnami Baba was Bose since the handwriting and DNA test results indicated otherwise.

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