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General Consent To Probe Withdrawn To Prevent Political Misuse Of CBI: Anil Deshmukh

Mumbai: The approval of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate cases in Maharashtra was withdrawn by state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Thursday to curb the agency’s misuse for political gains.

“The CBI conducts the investigation in a very professional manner, but the pressure on the organization to take political advantage is not right. Therefore, we took this decision to withdraw the consensus,” Deshmukh said at a press conference here.

He said that the central agency will now have to seek permission from the Maharashtra government to investigate any case in the state.

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“It was rumored that the CBI is being used for political gain. The TRP (Television Rating Point) case is being investigated by the Mumbai Police. A similar case has been registered in Uttar Pradesh. There could have been an attempt to give all the cases related to the TRP scam to the CBI,” Deshmukh said.

He said, “A professional organization like CBI should not be misused for political gains. To ensure this, we have brought this order under the Delhi Police Special Establishment Act.”

Section 6 of the Delhi Police Special Establishment Act, 1946, from which the CBI derives its investigative powers, provided that any member of the establishment cannot exercise powers and jurisdiction under the Act in any state without the consent of the state government.

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