‘No need of state nod if court orders CBI probe’

Shillong, March 4: Though the CBI has to get the nod of the state government for any probe, there is an exception if a court orders for the agency’s probe.

A legal expert said on Friday that the decision on consent for probe is nothing new.


The issue surfaced after the CBI conveyed to a parliamentary panel that Meghalaya has become the ninth state to withdraw the general consent to the CBI for investigation.

However, if a court orders CBI probe , the state government will have to adhere to it or it can challenge the order in Supreme Court, the legal expert added.

In the past, when the Lokayukta had ordered CBI probe into illegal coal mining in Meghalaya, the role of the  state government was stressed.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the state government’s decision to withdraw the general consent to the CBI was a  normal procedure and it was done on the past.

“Most states have done it and have taken such decisions and we are in line with that. So anybody who wants to come in has to take consent from the state, that’s all. It is a normal procedure,” Sangma told reporters on sidelines of the Assembly’s budget session, which started on Friday.

He daid the decision was taken a long time back. “Therefore, it is a normal thing where the state’s aspect is there”, Sangma added.

Commenting on the issue, the Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma said that in the context of demand for an independent probe into illegal coal mining, it is desirable that the CBI or a similar agency is entrusted with the matter.

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