Kolkata: The West Bengal Government has
received formal notification from the Centre about its
decision for a CBI probe into the May 28 Jnaneswari Express
derailment that left 148 passengers dead.
The notification has been received, but the terms of
reference are yet to arrive, Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen told
reporters here today.
The CID investigation which was ordered into the
derailment in West Midnapore district by the state government
would not be wound up immediately. This would be decided after
the terms of reference were received, Sen said.
In Delhi, the department of personnel and training (DoPT)
issued a notification yesterday handing over the probe to the
CBI which will register a case.
The Centre has decided to go ahead with a CBI probe as
the mishap took place on railway property and therefore did
not require concurrence of the concerned state government.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has alleged `political
conspiracy` behind the incident, hinting at rival CPI-M`s hand
in the derailment and claimed that this could be unearthed
only through a CBI probe, which the state government had
earlier held as not required.