Two weeks ago Indians were startled after the Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu banned the entry of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into his state. Chandrababu Naidu’s government withdrew the ‘General consent’ given to the members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment to exercise its powers and jurisdiction in the state. And due to this, CBI cannot interfere in any case that takes place within the limits of the state.
People were confused as to why Chandrababu Naidu took such a decision. Few alleged that he is scared that the corruption charges against his government will tumble if CBI is let in. Now the CBI has alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government did not allow it lay a trap against a central government official who was seeking a bribe.
CBI also said that due to leakage of secret information by the Andhra Pradesh government, the fight against corruption was made difficult. Yes, the CBI is angry at the Andhra Government as it not just denied permission to trap the corrupts but even leaked sensitive information to the its Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
The CBI is talking about a case where its Visakhapatnam unit received a written complaint from a Machilipatnam resident named Lokesh Babu on November 28. Lokesh Babu had said that a superintendent-rank official posted with the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) was seeking bribe of Rs 35000 for not raising objections in the CGST returns filed by his firm.
Below is the statement of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI):
- In the letter, it was requested to issue specific consent to CBI to lay a trap in this particular complaint. It was also requested to keep the information strictly confidential and not to share the information with any other party.
- Instead the details were shared by the home department with state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and state ACB laid a trap on the November 30 evening against the above central government public servant by using the contents of the above request letter. Further, state ACB also issued a press release as if the complainant has directly approached them.
- This will only make the fight against corruption more difficult for the anti corruption agencies and the mutual trust between the agencies will be vitiated. Corruption can be eradicated only through mutual cooperation, and trust.
We should not forget that Chandra Babu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) recently joined hands with Rahul Gandhi’s Congress as they are not able to tackle the Modi wave single handedly.
Source: Hindustan Times