Mamta Banerjee Follows Chandrababu Naidu, Withdraws Free Pass or General Consent to CBI in West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee (Photo Credits: PTI/File)

Kolkata, November 16: After Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu declared that Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) cannot conduct investigations in the state without permission, his counterpart in West Bengal, CM Mamata Banerjee on Friday has too decided to withdraw the ‘General Consent’ or a free pass to the country's top investigation firm. This move was triggered by the perception that the CBI was acting as the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the centre. CBI Banned in Andhra Pradesh: Agency Sleuths Barred From Entering State by TDP Govt Citing 'Low-Confidence' After Verma-Asthana Row.

According to CBI's rule, it can conduct the raid and investigations in Delhi but can enter other jurisdiction with "general consent" of their government. Earlier today Mamata Banerjee supported Andhra CM's move and said, " Chandrababu Naidu has done the right thing in saying he wouldn't allow CBI in his state. The BJP can be 'note changer', but it's not a game changer."

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader, Lanka Dinakar while Speaking to ANI accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of curbing the freedom of CBI and said, “This decision has been taken in wake of incidents happening in CBI since last 6 months. It lost its independence due to the involvement of Modi-led Union government which is using CBI as tools against political opponents by means of preparing fabricated statements.” This comes after the Income Tax department conducted the raids on close aids of TDP party which embarrassed the CM.