CBI Has Become Centre’s ‘Paan Shop’: M’rashtra Minister

Welcoming the Supreme Court’s ruling that the state government’s nod is mandatory for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe in its jurisdiction, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aslam Shaikh said that the central investigating agency has become a ‘paan shop’ under the BJP government.

“Under the BJP government, the CBI has become like a ‘paan patti ki dukaan‘ (‘paan shop’). It goes anywhere and books anyone, particularly in non-BJP ruled states. It took action against chief ministers and ministers. We welcome the court’s ruling,” Shaikh told ANI.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court held that the consent of the state government is mandatory for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in its jurisdiction and the Central government cannot extend the agency’s jurisdiction to any state without permission of states.

While deciding petitions by the accused in a corruption case in Uttar Pradesh, a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar said the investigation cannot be conducted without states’ nod.

The observation of the Apex Court becomes significant as recently the state governments of Punjab, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh withdrew their “general consent” to the CBI probe in their states. (ANI)

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