Now, Punjab withdraws common consent to CBI

Chandigarh, November 9

Punjab has joined the Opposition-ruled states that have withdrawn general consent for an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

A notification, issued on November 8, makes it necessary for the Central agency to get permission from the Punjab Government to conduct investigations in the state.

Eight other states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Kerala had withdrawn the general consent earlier, alleging that the BJP-led government at the Centre was misusing the agency to harass its political opponents.

Punjab had earlier withdrawn consent to the CBI to investigate sacrilege cases. The matter was caught in legal tangles and is presently being heard in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. — TNS

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