HYDERABAD: The Telangana Government on Saturday revoked a key privilege of the CBI withdrawning general consent earlier given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the state. From now on prior consent will be required on case to case basis for probe in any case.
This was informed by the Additional Advocate General (AAG) to the Telangana High Court during arguments on a petition filed by the BJP seeking a CBI probe into the TRS MLAs poaching case.
The government’s Home (Special) Department had issued an order-G.O.Ms.No.51 on August 30 withdrawing all previous general consents issued by it under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, the AAG informed the court. “On the other hand, the learned Additional Advocate General submitted that the petitioner does not have locus standi to file this writ petition. G.O.Ms.No.51, Home (Special) Department, dated 30.08.2022 was issued by the Government of Telangana withdrawing all previous general consents issued by the State Government under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (for short ‘the Act’),” the High Court said in its order.
Three persons, who allegedly tried to “poach” four TRS legislators, were arrested and remanded to judicial custody on Saturday.
Before Telangana’s action, nine other states had withdrawn consent to the CBI . The list of states include Meghalaya Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, and Mizoram.