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Maharashtra government withdraws ‘general consent’ on CBI cases

PTI Mumbai | Updated on October 22, 2020 Published on October 22, 2020

If the CBI wants to probe any matter, it will have to approach the State government for its consent: Sources

The Maharashtra government has issued on order withdrawing consent accorded to the members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment to exercise the powers and jurisdiction under an Act in the State.

According to sources, the move implies that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will not have general consent, accorded by the Maharashtra government by an order on February 22, 1989, to exercise its powers and jurisdiction in the State and will have to get the State governments permission to probe any matter.

Earlier this year, the Sushant Singh Rajput death case was being probed by Mumbai Police. However, the investigation into the case was later handed over to the CBI based on an FIR registered by the actor’s father in Patna.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (25 of 1946), the Government of Maharashtra hereby withdraws the consent accorded to the members of Delhi Special Police Establishment,” the order read.

The consent was given through an order of the Home Department dated February 22, 1989, as also by any other instruments issued by the state government from time to time, to exercise the powers and jurisdiction under the said Act in Maharashtra, it read.

According to sources, if the CBI wants to probe any matter, it will have to approach the State government for its consent.

“Though the general consent has been withdrawn, the government can decide on giving permission on a case to case basis,” they said.

Sources said that West Bengal and Rajasthan have already taken such a step.

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Published on October 22, 2020
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