BJP took severe exception to the act of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments withdrawing general consent given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to carry out search and operations in the state without informing the government.
The BJP has dubbed the move as a “clear malafide exercise of power” by “corrupt parties” to protect their interests alleging that a “grand alliance of most corrupt parties” had taken shape.
BJP MP and national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao accused that these state governments are citing recent happenings in the CBI as a lame excuse and a ruse to brazenly save the corrupt and extend political patronage to people and organisations involved in acts of corruption and criminality.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has backed Naidu’s move and accused the Narendra Modi government of “misusing” CBI and Income Tax department. Hitting out at the CBI, Kejriwal asked why haven’t they arrested Vijay Mallya and the ones involved in “notebandi, Rafale, Sahara Birla diaries scams”.
The CBI would now need permission from the respective state governments to carry out any sort of investigation in these states, except those ordered by the courts and against central government officials.