Hyderabad: In what could lead to a direct confrontation with the Centre, the Andhra Pradesh government has said that Central Bureau of Investigation  (CBI) personnel will now have to seek permission before entering the state for official work. In this regard, the state government has issued a notification withdrawing consent accorded to agency officers to carry out search and operations without informing.

A notification by the state government says the general consent accorded to by the state to Delhi Special Police Establishment stand withdrawn. The CBI has was constituted under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act of 1946.

TDP leader Lanka Dinakar said by way of explanation, “This decision has been taken in wake of incidents happening in the CBI in the past six months. It lost its independence due to the involvement of the Modi-led Union Government which is using it as a tool against political opponents by means of preparing fabricated statements.”

Now, for want of permission, the CBI will not be able to interfere with any case that takes place within the limits of Andhra. The CBI cannot conduct raids any more in the state and its functions would now have to be carried out by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) within the state.

Media reports said this would give the ACB enough powers to conduct raids and searches on Central government departments and institutions located in the state.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who has been trying to stitch together a Mahagathbandhan of Opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections, has been accusing the BJP of plotting to destabilise the government.

He has repeatedly alleged that the Centre was using central institutions, including the CBI and the I-T department, to threaten the state and his ministers for demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.