The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a plea before the Calcutta High Court seeking transfer of the probe into the multi-crore ration distribution scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) [ED vs State of West Bengal]..Justice Jay Sengupta on Monday ordered the State to file its response to the ED's petition by March 5, while also noting that the matter would require a lengthy hearing. The ED told the bench that it had registered a case (ECIR) based on six First Information Reports (FIRs) lodged by the State Police with regard to the said scam. It pointed out that very influential persons from the ruling dispensation have been arrested in the case which led the ED to investigate the alleged siphoning of money. The central agency also expressed its apprehension that the State may "damage" its own FIRs to make the ED's ECIR "redundant.""The six FIRs have not been probed properly by the State. Though it has filed chargesheet in five cases and a final report in one matter. But given the fact that politically influential persons are involved in this scam, the probe be handed over to the CBI," the ED submitted. .The ED's plea was opposed by the State, represented by advocate Amitesh Banerjee, who raised doubt over whether an investigating agency can seek a transfer of a probe from the State to some other agency. On Monday, the Court noted that the State has filed chargesheets in five cases but that in one case it had filed a final report exonerating an accused.It proceeded to grant the State time till March 5 to file its reply opposing the ED's prayer for transferring the probe to the CBI.