Bhopal: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday flayed the Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments for withdrawing “general consent” to the CBI for raids and investigations in their states, saying scams cannot be wiped off by such a decision and that it was against the countrys federal structure.
“We have a federal structure and under it the CBI was created initially for employees of the Central government and then to investigate very serious cases referred to it either by states or on court orders. Saradha and Naradha cannot be wiped off,” he told the media after releasing the BJP’s vision document and a manifesto for women for the upcoming assembly polls.
Jaitley was apparently referring to the Sarada ponzi scam and the Narada sting operation involving cash bribes both of which allegedly involved senior Trinamool Congress leaders in West Bengal. On Friday, the two state governments had withdrawn the consent to the CBI, accusing the Centre of misusing the agency against opposition parties. (IANS)
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