State govt’s nod must for CBI probe, rules Supreme Court
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cannot step into an investigation without a state government’s consent and the Central government cannot extend the top investigation agency’s jurisdiction to a state without permission either, the Supreme Court has ruled in a petition by officials accused in a corruption case in Uttar Pradesh.
“As per law, the state government’s consent is a must and the Centre cannot extend CBI jurisdiction without the state’s consent. The law is in tune with the federal structure of the Constitution,” the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. Eight opposition ruled states have withdrawn the consent to the CBI.