New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee supported Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu move and said that he has done the right thing. Her reaction came hours after the Andhra Pradesh government had 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 Andhra Prades government had issued a notification withdrawing consent accorded to agency officers to carry out search and operations without informing.
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.
Targeting BJP, Banerjee further said, “BJP is history changer, name changer, note changer, institution changer but not a game changer. The country is in danger. They (BJP) project as if they have given birth to the nation but they were nowhere during independence.”
In an unprecedented move, the CBI on October 15 had registered an FIR against Special Director Rakesh Asthana for allegedly taking a bribe from an accused probed by him in lieu of ensuring relief and a clean chit in the case.
The case was registered on a statement of the alleged bribe giver, Sathish Sana, who was facing probe in a separate case of bribery involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Asthana, in his complaint against the director two months ago, had alleged that Sana paid Verma Rs 2 crore to get relief.
Besides Asthana, Prasad, and CBI’s DSP Devender Kumar, another middleman Somesh Prasad has also been named as an accused in the case.