BJP slams Uddhav government after state blocks CBI from probing cases without consent

Ram Kadam & Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai : The BJP on Thursday targeted the ruling Shiv Sena for withdrawing its consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe cases in the state. The party spokesman and MLA, Ram Kadam accused the Uddhav Thackeray of trying to hide facts.

The Maha-Vikas-Aghadi government on Wednesday withdrew the general consent extended by Maharashtra to the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe cases in the state. The decision implies that the CBI will need the state’s permission to enter its jurisdiction to carry out any investigation, effectively stripping the central agency of its powers to probe cases in Maharashtra.

Kadam said that the state government was afraid of the truth to come out and wondered what was it that the Maharashtra government feared. He further pointed out the Palghar lynching case and accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led government of hiding facts.

On the other hand, the Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member and party spokesman Sanjay Raut said that if a state bans CBI, the Union Home Ministry should seriously think about the reason behind the state government’s decision.

At least three non-BJP-ruled states – Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal – have already withdrawn its general consent to let the CBI investigate cases in their jurisdiction. However, the state decision would not impact the CBI investigation into the Sushant Singh Rajput death case since this probe is being conducted on orders of the Supreme Court and not under provisions that require a state to give its consent.