The Telugu Desam Party has made a remarkable disclosure on the CBI being blocked from entering Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking to Republic TV minutes after the newsbreak regarding the Chandrababu Naidu-led government's notification effectively blocking the country's premier investigative agency from entering the state without prior permission, TDP spokesperson Dinakar Lanka gave a sensational political twist.
Lanka said, “CBI is a tool used by the Union government in order to keep the independent institution in their hands. After careful examination of the things for the first six months in CBI, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and the State government took the firm decision to withdraw the permission to the CBI to handle any kind of operation in the state.”
Giving further justification for the imposed restriction, Lanka added, “This decision has been taken against the unilateral approach of the Union government and PM Modi using it as a tool against the political opponents, rather than letting the institution act independently.”
Earlier on Friday, Republic TV accessed the Andhra Pradesh government notification withdrawing the ‘General consent’ granted to the CBI to exercise powers and jurisdiction in the state. In effect, in the absence of this consent, the CBI -- which has a nationwide mandate -- would need to seek the Naidu government's approval to undertake any investigation or activity in Andhra Pradesh.
The mandate read: In exercise of the powers conferred by section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (Central Act No 25 of 1946) Government hereby withdraws the general consent accorded to all members of Delhi Special Police Establishment to exercise the powers and jurisdiction under the said act in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
A copy of the notification has also been addressed to the Director of the CBI -- India's chief investigative agency. According to the CBI sources, the announcement has not yet reached the CBI, though they said that they will seek legal opinion if the need arises.
Naidu's main opposition in the state, YSRCP, alleged a corruption angle, claiming that Naidu was scared and had made the move with an eye to making it through the next six months.