The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit out at the Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments for their decision to withdraw general consent given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to carry out search and operations in the state without informing the government.
The BJP has dubbed the move as a “clear malafide exercise of power” by “corrupt parties” to protect their interests alleging that a “grand alliance of most corrupt parties” had taken shape.
“The state government has cited recent happenings in the CBI as a lame excuse and a ruse to brazenly save the corrupt and extend political patronage to people and organisations involved in acts of corruption and criminality,” BJP Rajya Sabha member G V L Narasimha Rao said.
Naidu accused the Modi government of using central agencies, including the CBI, against political opponents.
Following the steps of Andhra Pradesh government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also decided to withdraw the general consent given to the CBI.
“Previously there was no such need (to withdraw general consent). But times have changed because instructions are being sent to CBI from the BJP’s party office,” she said while addressing party workers at a Trinamool Congress (TMC) core committee meeting in Kolkata.
The CBI would now need permission from the respective state governments to carry out any sort of investigation in these states, except those ordered by the courts and against central government officials.
The CBI functions under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, under which provides a state government “routinely” grants consent to the CBI for exercising its authority in the state and the AP government, too, had issued relevant orders periodically in the last few years.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has backed Naidu’s move and accused the Narendra Modi government of “misusing” CBI and Income Tax department.
Hitting out at the CBI, Kejriwal asked why haven’t they arrested Vijay Mallya and the ones involved in “notebandi, Rafale, Sahara Birla diaries scams”.
News credit : Indiatoday