The Uttar Pradesh government formed a judicial commission to probe the mystery of Gumnami Baba and asked the commission to submit a report within six months. The man died in Faizabad in 1985 and believed to be Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The move came in the wake of the Allahabad High Court’s order to probe the man’s real identity.
However, there are still speculation over the death of Netaji, who is said to have died in a plane crash on August 18, 1945, in Formosa in Taiwan. Though, till date, there’s uncertainty about whether the plane crash ever took place.
The judicial commission is a one member body comprising Justice Vishnu Sahai, who will investigate the whole matter. The high court in 2013 called Gumnami Baba ‘an extraordinary person’ and directed the state to set up a panel to end the controversy about his mysterious identity.
Recently, the Faizabad district administration opened the many boxes belonging to the mysterious man. Besides interesting photographs, the boxes also contained several letters and the documents recovered from the boxes indicated his association with some key figures of Indian National Army. Also, an escape route and some similar items with a resemblance to Netaji were found in his boxes.
The man had spent the last 10 years of his life in Ayodhya and Faizabad. Even during his lifetime, there were people who believed that the hermit residing at Ram Bhawan was indeed Netaji though he would always remain incommunicado to the common public.
After Gumnami Baba’s death in 1985, Lalita Bose and Faizabad’s Subhash Chandra Bose Vichaar Manch moved a court to establish his identity and protect his legacy. The court ordered that a memorial to house articles left by Baba should be constructed in three months. It also ordered setting up of a judicial commission.