In a development that indicates the growing tussle between the Maharashtra government and the Centre, the Uddhav Thackeray government has clarified that henceforth the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will have to take the Maharashtra government’s permission to probe any matter in the state.
Notably, the Maharashtra government has issued an order withdrawing consent accorded to the members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment to exercise the powers and jurisdiction in the state.
The move implies that the 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.
Sushant Singh Rajput death case
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 the state of Maharashtra, it read.
Maharashtra government’s consent becomes mandatory for CBI probe
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“Though the general consent has been withdrawn, the government can decide on giving permission on a case to case basis,” they said.
Several states like West Bengal and Rajasthan have already taken such a step.
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