Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Thackeray-led Government in Maharashtra has withdrawn the consent accorded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe cases within the State.

Exercising powers under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, the Uddhav 

Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act provides that a member of the Delhi Special Police Establishment cannot exercise powers and jurisdiction under the Act in any area in a State without the consent of the Government of that State.

Section 6 of the DSPE Act requires the consent of the State Government for the CBI to exercise jurisdiction and to investigate the offences enumerated under Section 3 of the Act in the areas specified by the Government of India by a notification under Section 5 of the Act.

The consent that was given on February 22, 1989, now stands revoked by a notification issued by the Maharashtra Government's Home Department dated October 21, 2020.

"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 vide Government Order, Home Department, No. MIS 0189/CR-28/POL-3, dated 22nd February 1989, as also by any other instruments issued by the Government of Maharashtra... "

reads the Home Department order

This revocation of consent comes soon after Uttar Pradesh Government handed over the TRP scam case probe to the CBI. The Mumbai Police is also investigating a separate FIR concerning the same scam. 

Earlier the Rajasthan Government had withdrawn its general consent. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal had also revoked such consent in 2018. 


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