Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s decision to block-out the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from Andhra Pradesh had come under sharp criticism. It is seen as political decision and an attempt to escape from the probe into his corruption in the last four-and-a-half years in the State.
CBI former joint director V V Lakshminarayana, who rose to fame with the two cases – one on Jaganmohan Reddy and the other on Satyam – too found the State government’s decision as politically-motivated and had no reason to justify. He felt that those indulging in corruption would fear of any investigation and take steps to prevent such investigation. He also wondered why the State government had taken such a decision unless there is fear of being caught in corruption. However, he said the CBI can approach the court and get clearance to enter the State.
The BJP also saw the act as an attempt to run away from the corruption involved in Amaravati, Polavaram and other issues. BJP State president Kanna Lakshminarayana said that the decision exposed the fears of Chandrababu Naidu who is neck-deep involved in corruption.
The YSR Congress termed the State government’s decision as an attempt to escape investigation into the attack on Jaganmohan Reddy in Visakhpatnam airport last month. Party senior leaders Ummareddi Venkateswarlu, Buggana Rajendranath Reddy and Ambati Rambabu took a dig at Naidu for blocking out the CBI from the State only due to fear of being nailed in the attack on Jagan.
The CPI said AP is part of the nation and it cannot take a decision to block out a national institution in the State. CPI secretary Ramakrishna wanted the Chief Minister to withdraw the decision and allow the CBI to do its share of work against corruption. The CPM termed it as yet another political game of Chandrababu Naidu to stay in power. CPM secretary Madhu said that the decision to block-out the CBI would not stand for legal scrutiny as it is a political move