New Delhi: Hours after the Andhra Pradesh issued a notification revoking general consent’ to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the probe agency on Friday said that steps will be taken accordingly. In an unprecedented move, the Andhra Pradesh government has barred the CBI from conducting raids or carrying out investigations in the state without its permission.
“We haven’t received Andhra Pradesh (AP) Govt’s notification revoking ‘General consent’ to the CBI for probing officials of Central Govt. in the territory of AP. Once we receive it, we will examine it and take steps accordingly,” said CBI Spokesperson.
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.
Earlier in the day, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had attacked the Andhra Pradesh government and alleged that CM Chandrababu Naidu is trying to shield corrupt people with this move. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came out in support of Naidu and said that he has done the right thing.
The latest move by the TDP government is seen as another flash-point between the state and the Centre after TDP pulled out of BJP-led NDA in March this year.
TDP President and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had been accusing the Modi government of misusing central agencies to target TDP leaders for demanding special category status to the state.
There have been a series of Income Tax searches at the offices and residences of TDP leaders in recent weeks. TDP leaders had also voiced the apprehension that the Centre could use CBI and other agencies to target the top leadership of the party.
Following the recent developments in CBI, Naidu had targeted Modi government for what he called damaging the credibility of the premier investigation agency.
Naidu, who is trying to mobilise all opposition parties to form a front against the BJP, alleged that Modi was weakening the central institutions.