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16 November 2018

Ajesh Mallick


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Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the decision of Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Government in Andhra Pradesh debarring the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from carrying out search and operations in Andhra without informing the State Government, adjoining Odisha capital city here abuzzed with political reactions today.

Senior Congress leader and Odisha Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra reacted, “Without the permission of the State Government and without the orders of either the Supreme Court or High Court, CBI can’t conduct any probe. It’s right. However, in case of any Central Government’s subject, like bank, railway, etc or cause of action against any Central Government institution or agency, CBI can probe into it.”

“Nevertheless, without examining and analysing the Andhra Pradesh Government’s notification, it would be unjust on my part to comment on it,” the legal luminary quipped.

Rajya Sabha member and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb in his reactions also said, “The notification issued is concerned with Andhra Government, Central Government and CBI. Hence, there is no need for commenting on it by the Biju Janata Dal or State Government here.”

“So far the media speculations if the incumbent Odisha Government would follow the suit and toe Andhra Government’s line, it is to be made clear that the Opposition had raised the issue in 2014 relating to chit fund and mines scams and the Supreme Court had ruled for CBI enquiry into those two main issues. State Government here had welcomed the step and had also assured to provide all sorts of cooperation. Accordingly, the CBI has been pursuing with its probe. Hence, question doesn’t arise whether the State Government here will allow CBI or not,” he remarked.

He further remarked, “Already CBI is continuing with its probe here in the State and the State Government is providing the necessary cooperation.”

“We come to know from the media reports that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has pointed finger at the impartial stance of CBI for which he has issued such an ordinance,” the BJD spokesperson punned.

Odisha BJP Legislature Party Leader and former BJP State unit president K.V. Singhdeo reacted, “No comment on Andhra Government over the issue. That Government can better comment on it. I am not the competent person to speak on that.”

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Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition, Odisha

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Pratap Keshari Deb, Spokesperson, BJD

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K.V. Singhdeo, Leader, BJP Legislature Party, Odisha