Bengaluru : Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara on Saturday said that his government had no plans to ban the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to exercise its authority in the state.
Parameshwara’s remark comes close on the heels of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments’ decision to withdraw the ‘general consent’ to the CBI to conduct raids and carry out investigations on the Central establishments in the state.
Talking to reporters, Parameshwara said that “I do not know what drove Andhra Pradesh and Bengal governments to state that the CBI will now have to seek prior permission before entering the state for official work. We have not experienced anything like this. Hence, there is no need to issue such notification.”
As per rules under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act of 1946, in accordance with which the CBI was formed, the agency has complete jurisdiction over Delhi, but it can also enter the other states with the ‘general consent’ of that state governments.
The Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments earlier on Friday also vested the state investigation agencies with the responsibility of CBI duties in the state.
The order was passed by the Andhra Pradesh government on November 8, three months after it gave the general consent to the CBI to exercise its powers and jurisdiction in the state.
The development comes after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu pulled out from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the demand for ‘special status’ to Andhra Pradesh.
The West Bengal government Friday also withdrew the ‘general consent’ accorded to the CBI to conduct raids or carry out investigations in the state.