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After Andhra, West Bengal revokes consent to CBI for raids, investigations

The general consent was accorded to the CBI by the then Left Front government in West Bengal in 1989

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the flagging off event for a fleet of new passenger buses and fire brigade vehicles, in Howrah near on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee | Photo: PTI

The government Friday withdrew the 'general consent' accorded to the CBI to conduct raids or carry out investigations in the state, a top at the state said.

The government's decision came close on the heels of a similar step initiated by

After the government's announcement, Chief Minister extended her support to her counterpart over the issue.

"What has done is absolutely right. The BJP is using the CBI and other agencies to pursue its own political interests and vendetta," she said.

The general consent was accorded to the CBI by the then in 1989.

With Friday's notification, the central agency would henceforth require permission from the to carry out any sort of investigation except those ordered by the court, the said, requesting anonymity.

The CBI functions under the Special Police Establishment Act.

In Andhra Pradesh, a 'confidential' government order withdrawing the 'general consent' accorded to the CBI to exercise its authority in the state, issued by (Home) A R Anuradha on November 8, was "leaked" late Thursday night.

First Published: Fri, November 16 2018. 21:45 IST
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