Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grandnephew, Surya Kumar Bose, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin on Monday evening and is understood to have raised the issue of declassification of all secret files related to the freedom fighter amid a row over snooping on the leader's close relatives.
Surya Kumar Bose met the PM after attending a reception hosted in Mr Modi's honour by India's Ambassador to Germany Vijay Gokhale.
"Subhas Bose did not belong just to his direct family. He had himself said that the whole country is his family. I do not think it's just the duty of the family to raise this issue (of declassification of Netaji files)," Mr Surya had said.
"It is the duty of the people of India to raise the issue. If I do get an opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, talk to him for a few minutes, then I would certainly raise the issue," he had said.
In a Right to Information reply, the Prime Minister's Office has refused to declassify secret files relating to Netaji arguing that the "disclosure would prejudicially affect relations with foreign countries."