Meghalaya has become the ninth state to do so. The National People’s Party, led by Conrad Sangma, rules the north-eastern state, which is a member of the BJP’s National Democratic Alliance.
Meghalaya has become the first NDA-ruled state to withdraw its cooperation with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). As a result of the move, Meghalaya has become the ninth state to do so. The National People’s Party, led by Conrad Sangma, rules the north-eastern state, which is a member of the BJP’s National Democratic Alliance.
While Mizoram withdrew its permission to the CBI, it did so during the Congress government in 2015. The BJP presently rules the state. The Mizo National Front (MNF) led by Zoramthanga came to power in 2018, however despite being an NDA ally, they upheld the decision. A government official verified the news to The Indian Express but stated that he was unaware of the cause behind the decision.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Kerala are among the other states that have revoked their permission. The withdrawal of permission prevents the central investigation agency from probing any matter in the state without the previous approval from the state government.
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The state governments run by opposition parties withdrew their approval, claiming that the CBI’s investigation is not fair and unbiased. They further claimed that the agency has been used by the Centre to target opposition leaders.
Meghalaya’s move to withdraw the consent came only days after Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s brother, James P K Sangma, was accused of corruption. The Congress has accused James with corruption in the execution of the state’s Soubhagya Scheme. The Congress has also requested that the CBI investigate the alleged scam.
The Soubhagya Scheme aims to provide electrical connections to all households, both urban and rural, in the country. Previously, CM Sangma had removed James Sangma from his Home portfolio as he has been accused of permitting syndicates to engage in illicit coal mining and transportation.