Kolkata: The CBI today moved the
Calcutta High Court seeking transfer of the case of Jnaneswari
Express derailment from West Midnapore district to Kolkata for
Praying for the transfer of the case, in which seven
persons have been taken in custody, CBI`s counsel Himangshu
Dey submitted before Justice Asim Roy that taking the route to
Jhargram ACJM court from the jail through open roads
surrounded by dense forests was posing a security risk.
As many as 148 people were killed in the Jnaneswari
Express derailment on May 28 allegedly triggered by Maoists.
Justice Roy refused to pass an order and directed CBI
to serve notice to the prisoners and the state while fixing
the next date of hearing on July 21.
The court questioned CBI`s logic to seek the transfer
even when the charge sheet had not been filed and
investigation was in progress.
The court asked the CBI counsel that while the
incident had taken place between Jhargram and Sardiha, why
should the CBI carry on investigation in the metropolis.
It said the question of transfer of case can be
considered when it enters the trial stage.
Six of the accused, including the main accused Bapi
Mahato were lodged in Midnapore Jail, while another was in
The CBI counsel claimed that bringing them to the
court for regular production was posing a security risk for
both the accused as also the state police, CBI personnel and
lawyers during the hearings.