Andhra Pradesh on Friday withdrew the “general consent” granted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), effectively curtailing the agency’s powers in the State without prior permission.
The CBI and all agencies under the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946, will now have to approach the State government for permission for investigation on a case by case basis.
Sources in the State Home Ministry said the general consent was routinely given for periods ranging from six months to a year, for several years now. The last such consent was given on August 3, 2018.
However, the State decided to withdraw this consent through a notification (GOMs no 176, Home Department) issued on November 8, 2018. This notification, which was kept confidential, was made public on Thursday night.
Deputy Chief Minister N. Chinarajappa, who also holds Home portfolio, said the withdrawal of general consent was in tune with suggestions made by legal experts and intellectuals in the light of serious allegations against the CBI.
Mamata follows suit
Shortly after Andhra Pradesh’s decision, the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government also decided to withdraw the “general consent”, a senior official at the State secretariat said in Kolkata said. The consent had been accorded to the CBI by the then Left Front government in 1989.