The government of Maharashtra has withdrawn the ‘general consent’ granted by it in the year 1989 to the CBI. The duty of Central Bureau Of Investigation is to probe heinous crimes in the society with , following the systematic procedures. It stated that, CBI cannot exercise its powers and jurisdiction in any state without the consent of that state’s particular government.
Though the CBI has been given certain discretionary powers, but neither they have the authority to abuse the power or use it for some personal gains. Though on 22nd February 1989 earlier the CBI was granted consent for investigation of offences punishable under the ‘Prevention of Corruption Act’, which was granted by the Governor of Maharashtra. The extension of powers and jurisdiction of CBI was granted to them and they can investigate in any part of the state, regarding offences which came under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1989, including offences involving attempts, abetments and conspiracies of said offenses.
This year in July the Rajasthan government had also withdrawn its general consent accorded to the Central Bureau Of Investigation. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal government had withdrawn their ‘general consent’ in 2018 itself.
The decision came at a time when the Maharashtra government has been at odds with the Centre over the CBI probe into actor Sushant Singh Rajuput’s death. The state had strongly resisted handing over the case to the CBI when the Mumbai Police was already looking into and had filed and accidental death report.