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Telangana Govt. Becomes 9th State to Revoke General Consent to CBI

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Aastha Thakur

Published on: 31 October 2022 at 12:24 IST

Telangana is the ninth state in India to revoke the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) authority to register and look into cases within the State. The general consent gives the CBI permit to probe into cases without the state government’s permission.

It was formally stated by the Additional Advocate General (AAG), while the Telangana High Court was hearing on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) petition for a CBI investigation into the alleged poaching of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLAs. The government officially released the order on August 30.

With the new directive, the CBI will need the state government’s permission in advance to look into any cases in Telangana.

The TRS said that the BJP was attempting to oust four of its MLAs, and three people were detained in connection with this. They were placed in judicial custody for a period of two weeks on Saturday.

The order w.e.f. on August 30 states, “The government here withdraws all previous general consents issued by the state government under Section 6 of the Delhi Police Establishment Act, 1946, vide any letters and notifications issued including notification issued on 25.09.2016 to all members of Delhi Police Establishment Act to exercise the powers and jurisdiction under the state Act in the state of Telangana,”

Before Telangana, eight other states including West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu have withdrawn general consent to CBI. Maharashtra had earlier withdrawn consent but later revoked the order.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is main investigating agency of the Central Government regulated by the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946, and this law mandates for obtaining the consent of the state government concerned before beginning to investigate a crime in a state.