Kolkata: With the CBI being handed over
the probe into May 28 Jnaneswari Express derailment that left
148 people dead, the West Bengal Government today furnished
relevant documents and material to the agency.
"The state government has received the terms of
reference for the CBI investigation. The probe has finally
been handed over to the CBI," Director General of Police
Bhupinder Singh told reporters at the state secretariat after
CBI Joint Director Keshav Kumar and SP, CBI, Kolkata, Arun
Bothra met him.
The DGP said that the case records, seizure lists and
case diary have been handed over to the CBI.
Four persons arrested by the CID in connection with
the incident would also be handed over to the CBI following
The CBI team also held a discussion with Chief
Secretary Ardhendu Sen and Home Secretary Samar Ghosh.
To a question, the DGP said, "We made a lot of
progress in the investigation and had hoped to give the
charge sheet within 90 days, but we had to hand over the case
to the CBI."
The West Bengal government, which had held the Maoists
responsible for the mishap, had initially ruled out a CBI
inquiry as demanded by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Banerjee had claimed that a political conspiracy was
behind the disaster.
The Centre had announced a CBI inquiry on June 2, the
day Banerjee`s Trinamool Congress won a landslide victory
in the municipal elections in West Bengal.
It had cited that as the incident had taken place on
railway property, the concurrence of the state government was