Mumbai: The Kerala cabinet on Wednesday blocked the Central Bureau of Investigation in the state and decided to withdraw the general consent given to the national agency to investigate the cases there.
From today, the CBI will have to seek prior permission from the LDF government of Kerala to register a case in the state.
The Kerala cabinet’s decision came just weeks after a similar move by the Maharashtra government.
While the decision will not affect the cases on which the CBI is already investigating, it will affect any future cases that the CBI raises in Kerala.
The Kerala cabinet took the decision after the state high court imposed a two-month stay on the CBI probe into the alleged LIFE mission scam. The LIFE mission is a housing project in Kerala to provide housing to the homeless. However, irregularities have been alleged in the execution of the project, including violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.
Over the years, similar decisions have been taken by the state governments in West Bengal, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh, besides Maharashtra.