The Telangana government has withdrawn the consensus given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe cases in the state. With this, the state has joined the list of several non-BJP-ruled states that have refused to allow the central agency to probe the cases. According to an order issued by the state government on August 30, it has been made mandatory for the central probe agency to take prior permission from the state for the investigation of each case in Telangana.
Though the government order was issued two months ago, it became public on Saturday after the Additional Advocate General (AAG) moved the Telangana High Court seeking a CBI probe into the horse-trading case of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLAs. This information was given during the hearing of the petition of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "The Government of Telangana hereby withdraws all previous consensus issued by the State Government under section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (Central Act XXV of 1946)," the government order said.
In recent days, due to the verbal war between the ruling TRS and the BJP on several issues, the bitterness between the two parties has increased and after this, this decision of the state government has come to the fore. The BJP has accused Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter K. The name of the poem also dragged. CBI and Enforcement Directorate are investigating this matter. However, Kavita has denied the allegations.
On August 31, the Chief Minister had said in Patna, the capital of Bihar, that all the states should withdraw the consensus given to the CBI. Addressing a press conference in Patna along with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Rao alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was "misusing" all central agencies to target political opponents.
He had said, "The Center is misusing all the central investigating agencies, including the CBI, to target the political rivals of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the country. This should be stopped now and all governments should withdraw the consensus given to CBI. After all, the police is a State subject." According to Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946, the CBI is required to take the approval of the respective State Governments for investigation.
If the consensus is withdrawn, the agency has to take permission from the state government to register any case. Eight states, including West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Meghalaya, have withdrawn consensus from the CBI to investigate cases under their jurisdiction. Maharashtra had earlier withdrawn the consent but later revoked the decision. Earlier, the AAG told the court that the Home (Special) Department of the government issued an order on August 30, withdrawing all the earlier consensus granted under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946.