Thursday, February 22, 2024

Tamil Nadu becomes tenth state to withdraw consent to CBI

MK STalin

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday withdrew general consent given to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Nine states including West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Punjab and Rajasthan have already withdrawn general consent for CBI, which they call as a precaution against misuse of central agencies.

The CBI will now need to get permission from Tamil Nadu Government to investigate in the state.

The DMK government’s decision comes hours after state minister V Senthil Balaji was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a federal law enforcement agency in India. It is governed by the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA), which was enacted in 1963. The DSPEA makes the CBI a special wing of the Delhi Police, and its original jurisdiction is limited to Delhi.

For matters outside of Delhi, the CBI needs the consent of the state government in whose territorial jurisdiction it has to conduct an investigation. The central government can authorize the CBI to probe a case in a state, but only with the consent of the concerned state government. However, the Supreme Court and high courts can order a CBI probe in any state even without its consent.

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