States that put up 'no entry' board for CBI
First Published 11, Nov 2020, 3:06 PM
The Congress-led government in Punjab has joined several other non-BJP ruled states that have revoked general consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation for probing cases in the state.
According to the state government, a prior consent of the Punjab government will be required by the CBI, which comes under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, to investigate any case in the state. Let's take a look at the other states that have blocked entry to CBI
Andhra Pradesh: November 2018
TDP-ruled Andhra Pradesh did withdraw the consent in late 2018 but reinstated it the next year when Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy came to power.
West Bengal: November 2018
West Bengal claimed to have lost faith in central agencies due to their 'misuse' of powers and withdrew consent to CBI. This happened hours after Chandrababu Naidu led Andhra Pradesh government withdrew consent. "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," Banerjee said.
Chhattisgarh: January 2019
Congress-led Chhattisgarh government joined the bandwagon in withdrawing general consent accorded to the CBI to probe cases in the state. With this, the agency would now require permission to conduct raids and investigation in the Chhattisgarh.
Tripura: July 2019
A central government release said the CBI does not have a general consent from Tripura for probe. However, in a multi-state raid, the CBI later conducted searches in Tripura, which is ruled by the BJP.
Mizoram blocked the CBI citing non-cooperation and vindication by the central government. The state government alleged that the BJP-led government at the centre was misusing the agency to harass political opponents.
Rajasthan: July 2020
The revocation order came a day after the BJP demanded a CBI investigation into the leaked audio tapes containing alleged conversation between rebel Congress MLAs and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. The demand for a CBI probe came after Shekhawat was served with a notice to appear before the Rajasthan SOG, which had registered a case into the allegations of horse trading and a conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot government.
Maharashtra: October 2020
The CBI had taken over probe in two cases that were under media glare: the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and the fake TRP scam in which Mumbai Police has charged several news channels of tampering with the TRP system. The decision came hours after the CBI filed a case to investigate the rating scam on the basis of a complaint filed in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh. The state government reportedly took this step due to an 'apprehension' that the CBI would take over the case that the Mumbai Police is investigating against four channels who are accused of a similar offense.
Kerala: November 2020
On October 13, the Kerala High Court had stayed for two months the CBI probe into alleged irregularities, including of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, in Life Mission, a state housing project envisaging total housing for the homeless.
The opposition has alleged there was corruption in selection of the contractor by Red Crescent, an international humanitarian organisation, and thatSwapna Suresh, a key accused in the gold smuggling case, had admitted before an NIA court to having received Rs one crore as commission from the project. The government came under fire from the Congress and BJP over the move.
Jharkhand: November 2020
Jharkhand Government sources said that the state had been mulling over this for a while and that decision was due. In October, when an NIA team went to Ranchi and picked up 83-year old Father Stan Swami in the Bhima Koregaon case, CM Soren had strongly objected saying, "Today it is Stan Swamy, tomorrow it could be me, and the day after, it could be you." He had also alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre was trying to disturb non-BJP state governments for their vested interests.