Maharashtra withdraws it’s general consent, restricts CBI

Uddhav Thakrey

The Maharashtra Government has decided to withdraw it’s general consent given to CBI for carrying out investigation in the state. This implies, that CBI will now have to seek permission everytime from the state or the Supreme Court before initiating any investigation within it’s border. This move comes after the CBI had sought a request from UP police along with permission of the centre to investigate TRP Scam in Lucknow.

With CBI seeking probe of the TRP Scam in UP, it would have also considered to take over the investigation being held by the Mumbai Police of supposed manipulation of TRP ratings done by Republic TV and four other television channels. Thus, this move of the Sena-NCP-Congress Government has clearly mirrored the underlying tensions between the Maharashtra Government and BJP-led Central Government.

Already, some states have withdrawn it’s general consent to let CBI investigate within their territory. These states include Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, West Bengal. Maharashtra will be the fourth such state to make this decision. Notably, all these states are governed by the opposition parties of the Central Government.

The Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, makes the states’ consent mandatary, to let CBI enter into the their borders for investigation purpose. Twenty two states including Maharastra, had given it’s general consent to the Delhi Police Establishment on February 22, 1989. However, exercising the powers of DSPE Act, 1946, now the general consent has been withdrawn by Maharashtra.

The decision was taken in a high-level meeting which included Principal Advisor to CM Ajoy Mehta, CM’s Additional Chief Secretary Ashish Kumar Singh, Ashok Chavan and was presided by the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray.

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