In order to prevent any influence or interference with the CBI investigation, the Railways have chosen not to make the CRS report public.
According to two Railways officials familiar with the CRS report, the triple-train accident that occurred on June 2 in the Balasore region of Odisha was caused by human error.
The report was kept secret to avoid influencing a separate investigation being conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), but the officials declined to provide any information on the flaws highlighted in it.
When asked if the report suggested any additional participation, the officer continued: “The sabotage angle, if any, will only be probed by CBI,” one of the officials said while seeking anonymity.
The CRS report was emailed on Wednesday to the chairman of the railway board (CRB), Anil Kumar Lahoti, as well as the general manager of South Eastern Railways (SER), the division where the disaster occurred. The individual referenced above stated that “the report was shared with only these two officers and is accessible to only a handful of top officials in the ministry.”