The Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra has withdrawn the general consent given to the CBI on Wednesday. In such a situation, the CBI will now have to seek permission from the state government before investigating any case. However, the decision will not affect the ongoing investigation.
This step of Uddhav government may lead to a fresh dispute between the Central Government and Maharashtra. Earlier, non-BJP ruled states like Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal have taken such a decision.
This order has been issued in connection with the CBI investigation on behalf of Kailash Gaikwad, Deputy Secretary, Home Department, Government of Maharashtra. But this will not apply in the investigation of actor Sushant Singh Rajput case. Because this investigation is being done by order of the Supreme Court. The Maharashtra government has taken this decision at a time when the CBI has filed a complaint regarding the alleged tampering of TRPs on the recommendation of the Uttar Pradesh government.
According to officials, the case was first registered at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on the complaint of the promoter of an advertising company, which was handed over to the CBI by the Uttar Pradesh government.
It is believed that the Maharashtra government does not want the CBI to investigate the TRP case. Therefore, this decision of the Thackeray government is being seen as an intervention of the CBI in the midst of the TRP scam investigation. The controversy began after an investigation was launched against Republic TV over misappropriation of TRPs earlier this month.
On the other hand, The Maharashtra government is seeing the UP-government’s move as an effort to hand over the Mumbai Police investigation against Republic TV to the CBI. Leaders of the ruling party say that the CBI’s registration in the TRP case is an attempt to lighten the case against Republic TV.
Significantly, the TRP scam came to light when the rating agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a police complaint. Based on this, the Mumbai Police launched an investigation into the manipulation of TRPs. Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, during a press conference, accused Pak Marathi and Box Marathi and Republic TV of manipulating the TRP. Crime Branch of Mumbai Police has arrested 8 people so far in this case.
Officials say the Maharashtra government’s decision will not affect the ongoing investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. They said that this investigation is being conducted on the orders of the Supreme Court and hence there is no need to get permission from the state.
The MahavikasAghadi government of the state has defended the Chief Minister’s decision. The Aghadi leader justified the verdict, saying that the verdict is only a ‘safeguard’ to protect the CBI from the possibility of misuse. Any state has its own prerogative to make it necessary that the CBI has to take permission from the state government to investigate a local matter.
Meanwhile, the main opposition party BJP in the state has also attacked the state government fiercely. Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson and MLA Ram Kadam objected to the Maharashtra government’s decision to bar the CBI from the investigation, saying it was a Tughlki decree of the government. After all, what is the Government of Maharashtra so scared of and what does it want to hide? Because of which they have taken such a big decision.