Following Chandrababu Naidu’s footsteps, a few minutes ago, West Bengal government through a notification announced the cancelation of ‘General consent’ given to central investigating agencies, by the state. This means, going forward central controlled agencies such as CBI, ED, and Income tax department would have to seek prior approval from West Bengal government before entering the state for any investigating purposes.
Earlier in the evening, Chandrababu Naidu government of Andhra Pradesh, made a similar move by barring the entry of the central investigating agencies.
Minutes after Andhra Pradesh government issued the notification of canceling state’s ‘General consent’ to CBI, Mamata Banerjee had said that she would consider the same for West Bengal. Now hours after Andhra, West Bengal state secretariate made the same move.
However, it must be noted that the central investigating agencies would not need any approval to enter these two states for those cases which have been referred to them by either the Court or by the respective state governments themselves.
Speculations are rife that the agencies may challenge the decision of both these states at legal forums. It remains to be seen how the central government reacts to this move taken by the two states. It is also being speculated that other non-BJP ruled states may also follow the footsteps of Chandrababu Naidu and Mamata Banerjee in coming days.