Chhattisgarh govt revokes general consent for CBI probes in state, CM Baghel doubts over credibility

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel

The Congress-led government in Chhattisgarh on Thursday revoked the general consent given to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), barring it to probe any case in the state without informing the state government. The CBI and other such agencies that are registered under the Delhi Police Establishment Act, 1946 have to seek permission from the home department of the state government before conducting any raids.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had on Thursday written to Union Home Ministry on the matter. “By this order, CBI’s movement in the state is not prohibited but the agency will have to take permission before any operations or raids in Chhattisgarh,” Baghel said as quoted by english news daily.

Since CBI is registered under Delhi Police Establishment Act 1946 it requires the state to give general consent to carry out investigations across the state. The Chhattisgarh government had in 2001 accorded the general consent to the probe agency. The central probe agency will now require the permission of the state government to raid or to probe any fresh case in the state.

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel in a series of tweet raised questions on the credibility of the probe agency. “First of all in the last few months, the Union government has put the role of CBI under question and hence it will not be correct for us to allow CBI to continue arbitrariness in our state. Secondly, CBI is misusing the federal structure and affecting the law and order in the state,” Baghel said on Twitter.

With this, Bhupesh Baghel led government has joined the TMC government in West Bengal and TDP government in Andhra Pradesh, both had in November last year withdrew the consent to the probe agency. Andhra Pradesh dissents; forbids CBI to enter the state without informing Govt

Chandrababu Naidu led government in the Andhra Pradesh had in November last year revoked the general consent given to the CBI. Following Naidu, TMC Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also withdrawn the permission. Both – Naidu and Banerjee had accused the BJP of misusing the agency. Mamata joins Naidu, withdraws consent for CBI investigations in West Bengal

All three states – Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh is ruled by Opposition Parties and have accused the Central government of misusing the Agency.

Chhattisgarh Government decision comes on the background when the high powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sacked the CBI Director Alok Verma after he was reinstated by the Top Court on Tuesday.

Read: Kejriwal backs Chandrababu Naidu on barring CBI; accuses Modi of misusing it

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