The West Bengal government has sent a formal notification to the CBI permitting it to investigate the May 28 Jnaneswari Express disaster which claimed 148 lives, the state's top police officer said in Kolkata today.
The CID would hand over to the CBI all the evidence it gathered and the people it had taken into custody in connection with the case for investigations. "We will hand over all records to the CBI. What they will do with them (records) is up to them," Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh said.
He claimed that the CID had gathered enough evidence to have been able to file a chargesheet in the case within 30 days of lodging of FIR. "We have gathered a great deal of evidence. From what we have got, we could have filed the chargesheet within 90 days from the date of filing the FIR," Singh told reporters.
He said in the course of its investigation, the CID had been able to identify the persons responsible for the tragedy. "We also know who went where and the places where they had held their meetings." The CID would not submit any report on its own to the West Bengal government about its findings, but would do so if the government wanted it, he added.