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Multiple BJP States Holding Back General Consent From CBI: P Chidambaram

The former finance minister also queried as to how many BJP-led states had given the central agency ‘general consent’.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram called out attention to the fact that currently only 10 Indian state governments have given ‘general consent’ to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct investigations in the states.

Chidambaram’s statements follow the decisions of the Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal state governments to withdraw the ‘general consent’ to the CBI.

Chidambaram tweeted late on Saturday, November 17. “Is it correct that only 10 States have given ‘general consent’ to CBI to investigate?” he wrote. He continued, “How many states currently ruled by the BJP have not given general consent? I think answers to these questions are necessary to frame the debate on ‘withdrawal of general consent’ by AP and WB.”

In 1989, the then Left Front government had given the CBI ‘general consent’ which allowed it to carry out any investigation without seeking additional permission from the state government.

Mamata Banerjee, while talking her decision to withdraw the ‘general consent’ also supported Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu’s decision to withdraw it, in the first place.

Speaking at a Trinamool Congress (TMC) meeting on Friday, Banerjee said, “What Chandrababu Naidu has done is absolutely right. The BJP is using the CBI and other agencies to pursue its own political interests and vendetta.”

Following the withdrawal of the ‘general consent’ the CBI will now need permission from the respective state government to conduct investigations in the states. The only exceptions will be cases where CBI inquiry is ordered by the Indian judiciary.

Also Read: West Bengal Withdraws General Consent to CBI, Mamata Banjerjee Accuses BJP of Misusing Agency

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