West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee Withdraws free pass to CBI in state

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared that there will no free pass to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for conducting raids or investigations in the state.

This came hours after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had said that the CBI will not be able to conduct raids and investigation in the state without his permission. Following this move, Mamata Banerjee too declared that there will be no free pass for the CBI to carry out its exercises.

According to reports, the CBI has full jurisdiction to carry out its searches, raids, investigations in the national capital but it can only enter other states with the “general consent” of their government.

The West Bengal government in 1989 had given a general consent to the central investigating agency.

Supporting Chandrababu Naidu’s move. Banerjee said, “Chandrababu Naidu has done the right thing by not giving a free pass to the CBI. The BJP can be ‘note changer’, but it’s not a game changer.”

On November 8, the Andhra Pradesh government had withdrawn the free pass order from the CBI. The move had come three months after it had allowed the CBI to carry its investigation and raids in the state. 

A former National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally Chandrababu Naidu had pulled out of the alliance after the Centre failed to give Special State status to Andhra Pradesh.