New Delhi: After the respective governments of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the Kerala government on Wednesday became the latest state with a non-BJP ruled government to withdraw the general consent accorded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate cases.
Kerala is ruled by the CPI(M)-led LDF, which has gone against the Centre on key issues including the Citizenship Amendment Act. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, an official statement said.
“We have decided to withdraw the general consent given to the CBI, through the notifications under the Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946,” it said.
“The Central agency would be entrusted with the investigation of cases in necessary situations, only with the special permission of the state government,” it added.
The consent acts as a blanket nod for the agency to probe scheduled offences specified in the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DPSE) Act, 1946.
Vijayan on Monday had alleged that the central agencies probing the gold smuggling case were exceeding their jurisdiction to malign and destabilise a constitutionally elected government.
The state government, he had said, would make necessary interventions within the existing legal framework.
Multiple central probe agencies are conducting various investigations in Kerala with reported connections to the gold smuggling case.
Besides the Enforcement Directorate, the CBI, NIA and Customs are probing various aspects related to the case.
The CBI had registered an FIR citing irregularities under the Foreign Currency Regulations Act (FCRA) in the Kerala government’s Life Mission project, a housing initiative for the poor. The Kerala high court had stayed the CBI investigation in October following a plea by Life Mission, reported Indian Express.
(With PTI inputs)