Bengaluru: Reacting to Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to bar the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from conducting raids or carrying out investigations in the state without its permission, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said that his state doesn’t need to issue any such notification since it hasn’t experienced any corruption. Also Read - 'Sneeze And Spread The Virus': Infosys Employee Sacked, Arrested For Facebook Post
“I don’t know what drove Andhra Pradesh Govt to state that CBI will now have to seek prior permission before entering the state for official work. We have not experienced anything like this, hence there is no need to issue such notification,” Karnataka Deputy CM G Parameshwara said, news agency ANI reported. Also Read - Coronavirus: Third Death in Karnataka, Man With no Recent Foreign Travel History Dies
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday barred the entry of the investigation agency into the state without its permission. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government issued the orders withdrawing ‘general consent’ to CBI officers to exercise jurisdiction in the state to investigate corruption charges against officials of central government and private persons.
The move by the Chandrababu Naidu government came amid the continuing crisis in THE CBI in the wake of allegations of corruption against its director Alok Verma by his deputy Rakesh Asthana. The Principal Secretary (Home) in Andhra Pradesh, A.R. Anuradha, issued the orders dated November 8, exercising powers under Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that Chandrababu Naidu was trying to shield the corrupt people, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee supported the move and ordered the same in the state later in the day.