NEW DELHI: The Jharkhand government on Thursday revoked its general consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to carry out any investigation in the state.
Jharkhand is the latest state to withdraw the general consent to the CBI to probe cases, joining a list of non-BJP ruled states including Maharashtra which have effected a similar move.
From now on, the central agency needs state government’s permission to conduct investigations in Jharkhand.
Left-ruled Kerala had on Wednesday withdrawn the general consent accorded to the CBI.
Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are other states that have withdrawn the consent to the CBI to exercise its powers under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act.
The consent is akin to a blanket nod for the agency to probe scheduled offences specified in the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DPSE) Act, 1946.
The probe agency also lacks a “general consent” from Mizoram.
Unlike the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has countrywide jurisdiction to take over any case related to terrorism, the CBI requires the consent of the state government concerned under Section 6 of the DPSE Act, the law that governs the agency’s functioning.
(With agency inputs)