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Rajnath rules out CBI probe

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the Central government cannot ask the CBI to probe the killing of woodcutters in Andhra Pradesh as the state has not asked for it. “CBI inquiry can be set up only after the state government asks for it. We are helpless because the AP government has not asked the centre to set up an inquiry,” Rajnath Singh said in the Rajya Sabha.

AP has not sought probe into killing of woodcutters: HM

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the Central government cannot ask the CBI to probe the killing of woodcutters in Andhra Pradesh as the state has not asked for it. “CBI inquiry can be set up only after the state government asks for it. We are helpless because the AP government has not asked the centre to set up an inquiry,” Rajnath Singh said in the Rajya Sabha.

He made the statement after CPI leader D Raja raised the issue when the Upper House re-assembled after the lunch break. Asserting that the Home Minister has given the version of the AP government, members especially Raja, T K Rangarajan (CPI-M) and EMS Natchiappan (Cong) demanded a CBI probe, while D Bandyopadhyay (TMC) sought a judicial enquiry by a Supreme Court or High Court judge. Addressing the concerns of the members, Singh said: “I want to make clear that the police and public order is a state subject.”

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