WB train mishap: Rlys to again demand CBI probe
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 21:53
New Delhi: Sticking to its demand for a CBI probe into the Jnaneshwari Express derailment, the Railway Ministry has decided to write a second letter to the Home Ministry in this regard.

Chairman of the Railway Board would soon be writing another letter to the Home Secretary seeking a CBI probe into the train mishap which claimed 149 lives, said a highly-placed source in the Ministry.

The letter is intended to put pressure on the Home Ministry for a CBI probe without seeking the West Bengal government's approval.

The Centre yesterday said the needle of suspicion in the Jnaneswari Express disaster pointed to Maoists, as the West Bengal government ruled out a CBI probe in a snub to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Act, known as CBI Act, the Centre can directly authorise the CBI to investigate any incident in railway premises, the source said, adding the Home Ministry need not have approached the state government for its concurrence.

Earlier, the CRB had written a letter to the Home Secretary demanding a CBI probe. The Home Secretary forwarded the same to the Chief Secretary of West Bengal.

However, the state government ruled out a CBI probe saying the CID investigation has progressed a great deal.

Meanwhile, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee told PTI that she wants the truth to come out behind the reason of the train accident.

"The truth must come out and people should know who are behind the incident," she said.

Asked whether she has talked with the Home Minister P Chidambaram regarding the CBI probe, she said "I keep talking to him."


First Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 21:53

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