Jharkhand Becomes 8th State to Withdraw General Consent Granted to CBI For Investigation of Cases in the State

The Jharkhand Government, on Thursday, has withdrawn the general consent granted to CBI to investigate cases in the state. The Notification was issued by Government of Jharkhand [Home, Prisons and Disaster Management] on 5th November. With this Jharkhand has become the 8th state to do so.

The move comes after many state governments withdrew the privilege in the recent past. The Kerala Government had issued a notification of withdrawal on 4th November. Earlier in October, the Maharashtra Government had withdrawn from the general consent. In the year 2019, the State of Chhattisgarh withdrew general consent accorded to the CBI to probe cases in the state.

In July, this year, the Rajasthan Government had withdrawn its general consent accorded to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments had withdrawn their “general consent” in 2018. The State of Jharkhand had issued a notification giving permission for the CBI to probe any case in the State in 1996.

Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 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.”

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