Jharkhand, Kerala too shut door for CBI: Growing number of states out of bounds for agency
RANCHI/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Two more states have withdrawn the general consent to CBI for conducting probe in their territory.
Jharkhand has taken the decision and revoked the general consent to CBI, just a day after Kerala took a similar step. Clearly, the list of state governments that don't want CBI to investigate cases in their regions, is getting longer.
Now, the central investigative agency can't directly go to these states for probe in a case or for conducting a raid. Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Tripura, West Bengal are among these states. Earlier, Tripura and Mizoram too had taken similar decision.
Not all states have cited reason but earlier some of the major states ruled by opposition parties took the decision as they feared that CBI could be used by ruling party at the centre to harass leaders of opposition parties. Hence, the states where opposition parties are at the helm, have denied the permission.
Of course, it's a credibility crisis too for the agency. The number of states that have stopped CBI, has now gone up to eight. Andhra had also withdrawn the consent but with the change of regime, it again gave consent. It is necesaary for the central agency to get the permission of state before conducting investigation in the territory.
[November 6, 2020 NewsBits.in]