The 17-year wait for CBI investigators finally ended when the Ranchi court Thursday sentenced Lalu Prasad to five-years rigorous imprisonment in the Rs 950 crore fodder scam.
Number of officers who were probing the case filed the charge sheet in 2001 were from the CBI Joint Directors office in Kolkata headed by Dr Upen Biswas,former Joint director CBI,and now a TMC minister. The special investigating team consisted of seven officers,including five from Bengal. While,three have retired,two are with CBI in Kolkata.
The team included Samir Ranjan Majumdar,D N Biswas,Ranjan Biswas,Ratan Sarkar,Sandip Ghosh,A K Jha and N Nair. Majumdar,who has retired as SP,anti-corruption bureau of CBI in 2012 said: I salute Dr U N Biswas. We faced a lot of adversity during the probe. He kept telling that we should never leave our job incomplete. In Bengali,he used to boost our morale by saying mati kamre pore thako. (stick to your ground).
Majumdar,who is now with the Sikkim government as the OSD to vigilance directorate said: I was DSP,CBI of the Kolkata Unit and was sent to Bangalore in connection with a case in September,1996. I got a call from the head office asking me to come to the Patna office. On reaching there,I came to know that I was selected as an investigating officer led by Dr Biswas. Our goal was to expose the conspiracy and trace the involvement of politicians and bureaucrats.
Apart from the investigating team ,several other officers were associated with the trail had a Bengal connection.
The trial process stretched for eight years. One among them was Santanu Kar who was posted DSP in Ranchi. Kar recollects how the officers would carry copies of 48,000 files in four huge trucks from CBI office to court.