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Maharashtra withdraws general consent for CBI

Date: 23 October 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The Maharashtra government has withdrawn “general consent” given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe cases in the state. 

 

Background

The decision means the central agency will have to get consent from the state government for every case it registers in Maharashtra.

 

Details

  • The Maharashtra government was vary about the Special Crimes Division taking over the probe into the alleged TRP scam being investigated by the Mumbai Police.

  • Since the CBI took over a similar case of manipulation of TRPs, registered by the Uttar Pradesh police, the Maharashtra government feared the central agency would include in its purview the case probed by the Mumbai Police, and attempt to take over.

  • One of the reasons behind the state’s anxiety was the similar manner in which the Rajput case had been taken over by the CBI.

  • However, the withdrawal of general consent to the CBI will not impact cases which the CBI is already investigating, like the Rajput case.

  • The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has jurisdiction across the country and does not need special permission from state governments.

  • Even in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) case in the irrigation scam is not going to make any difference as the ED conducts its probe under the PMLA and FERA Act.

  • The decision will increase work for both the CBI and the state government. Every time the CBI traps some central government employee taking a bribe, it will need to seek approval from the Maharashtra government before registering a case.

  • Similarly, the Maharashtra government department too will be burdened with approval requests on a case-by-case basis.