A day after the Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments withdrew the general consent accorded to the CBI to conduct operations in their states, the union finance minister Arun Jaitley hit back saying those who have a lot to hide would fear the central investigation agency.
“Only those who have a lot to hide have taken the step of not letting CBI come to their state. There is no sovereignty of any state in the matter of corruption. Andhra move is not motivated by any particular case but in fear of what is likely to happen,” the Union Minister said today in Bhopal.
Jaitley reminded that we are having a federal structure in India and under that federal structure only, the CBI was created initially for the employees of the central government and then, to investigate certain kinds of very serious cases in the states, which were referred to it either by the states or courts.
While referring to the alleged Sarada chit fund scam and the Narda sting operation in West Bengal, the finance minister said “Sarada and Narada in West Bengal cannot be wiped off merely by saying that for the future I de-notify the CBI.