New Delhi: As the Chandrababu Naidu government in Andhra Pradesh withdrew the ‘general consent’ accorded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to exercise its authority in the state, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal came out in his support.
He tweeted, “Chandrababu ji took the correct step. Modi ji has been misusing CBI and income-tax department. TIll date, why hasn’t the CBI arrested scamsters involved in Sahara-Birla case, noteban, Rafael, Vijay Mallya, etc? Naidu ji, don’t allow income-tax department also to enter your state.”
A ‘confidential’ government order to this effect, issued by principal secretary (home) A R Anuradha on November 8, was “leaked” late Thursday night.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, Government hereby withdraw the general consent accorded (in GO Ms 109) to all the members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment to exercise the powers and jurisdiction under the said Act in the state of Andhra Pradesh,” the latest GO said.
On August 3 this year, the AP government issued the GO Ms No. 109 according “general consent” to all members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment to exercise the powers and jurisdiction in AP against officials of the central government, central government undertakings and private persons for investigating offences under various laws, including the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The CBI functions under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act.
Ever since he snapped ties with the Narendra Modi-led NDA government in March this year, Naidu had been alleging that the centre was misusing agencies like the CBI to target political opponents.
The recent raids by Income Tax authorities on some business establishments, run by those close to the ruling Telugu Desam Party in the state, have left Naidu red-faced.
Subsequently, he announced that his government would not provide police cover to the IT officials for conducting the raids.
(With PTI inputs)