Bihar: Ruling alliance calls for withdrawal of universal consent from CBI

Leaders of Bihar’s ruling coalition on Sunday demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) be stripped of its overall authority, saying the agency was being used for political purposes by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government. (BJP) at the federal level. level. Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946 (DSPE) stipulates that the CBI must obtain permission from the appropriate state governments before conducting investigations within their borders.

Nine states have revoked their blanket approval of the CBI’s ability to investigate cases within their borders, including West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Meghalaya.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shivanand Tiwari told PTI that the grand coalition government of Bihar must revoke the approval given to the CBI because of how federal agencies are being abused to target political opponents of the BJP.

“Furthermore, the option should also be explored by the state government to approach the judiciary to check the misuse of central agencies,” he said.

“I have to say that the central investigative agencies have lost their credibility under the NDA regime,” he said.

Manoj Kumar Jha, a senior RJD politician, told the media that once the BJP’s ‘Maharashtra-style plan’ to rule the state through the backdoor failed, it hired independent agencies like the CBI. , DE and income tax. “The BJP feels embarrassed after the Gurgaon-based mall and other business establishments raided by the CBI issued statements denying their links to CM MP Tejashwi Prasad Yadav,” Jha said.

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The Janata Dal (United), the party of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, said the time had come to revoke the general approval of the CBI. The people of Bihar are paying attention and will respond appropriately when the time comes, according to Minister of State Madan Sahni. “How central agencies like CBI, ED and Department of Income Tax are being misused to ruin the image of opposition leaders, the people of Bihar are watching,” a- he added.

He criticized BJP leaders and Union ministers who had denigrated CM Kumar. Sahni said, “Politicians, who currently occupy good positions in the administration and the party, must remember the efforts of the CM to support their electoral success.

Mehboob Alam, a CPIML(L) state legislator, said there was no doubt that the federal government was abusing its power to overthrow non-BJP state governments.

“All central investigative agencies work with political motives and never act against BJP leaders. Our grand alliance government in Bihar should immediately withdraw the blanket consent given to the CBI, reducing the powers of the agency in the state,” he said.

Mehboob Alam, a CPIML(L) state legislator, said there was no doubt that the federal government was abusing its power to overthrow non-BJP state governments. “The NDA government at the Center is dictatorial and they are trying to suppress opposition voices using central agencies. This should stop now and the Bihar government must withdraw its consent to the CBI,” he said.

On condition of anonymity, a senior RJD official said the Bihar government had started taking steps to revoke the approval given to the CBI.

Seven parties make up the “Mahagthbandhan” in Bihar, including JD(U), RJD, Congress, CPIML(L), CPI, CPI(M) and HAM. Together, these parties have more than 160 MPs in the 243-member assembly.

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As part of its probe into alleged land-for-employment fraud that allegedly occurred when Lalu Prasad was Minister of Railways, the CBI on Wednesday investigated the homes of senior RJD officials in Bihar. The operation came on a day when the state house was due to vote on the chief minister’s confidence after he broke with the BJP to form an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). According to Section 6 of the DSPE Act of 1946, several state governments have given the CBI broad consent to investigate a specific class of offenses against a specific class of persons, allowing the CBI to record and examine these specific problems.

Minister’s response says Mizoram, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Jharkhand, Punjab and Meghalaya have either withdrawn or generally not allowed CBI to investigate the issues . According to section 6 of the DSPE Act of 1946, the state government must give special approval in states where general consent has not been granted or where general consent does not apply to the proceeding. individual.

The extension of the jurisdiction of the CBI under section 5 of the DSPE Act of 1946 can only be considered when the state government has given its authorization.

The CBI also receives cases from the Supreme Court and High Courts for inquiry or investigation, and in these situations, no notification conveying consent under Section 5 or 6 of the DSPE Act 1946.

(With agency contributions)

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