Kolkata: In a snub to Railway Minister
Mamata Banerjee`s demand, the West Bengal government today
ruled out a CBI inquiry into the May 28 Jnaneswari Express
disaster in West Midnapore district which claimed 148 lives.
"The CID probe has progressed a great deal and the
state government does not feel that a parallel inquiry is
necessary," Home Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters at the
state secretariat when asked about a CBI inquiry.
He said the Union Home ministry had sent a letter
yesterday to Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen seeking concurrence
of the state government for a CBI investigation.
Asked why a CID inquiry was ordered, he said that
generally the Commissioner of Railway Safety inquired into
railway accidents. But since there was criminal involvement
and sabotage in the disaster, the CID was investigating it.
Asked how long the CID inquiry would take, he said,
"it can`t be said immediately."
Alleging that there was a `political conspiracy`
behind the disaster, Banerjee on May 29 had demanded a CBI
She had said that the Railways had requested the Union
Home Ministry for a CBI investigation since it was in
`jangalmahal` where joint operations were on.
In Delhi, Home Minister P Chidambaram said that the
Railways favoured a CBI probe, but the state government`s view
has not yet been received.