General Consent Current Affairs - 2020
The new state government under newly appointed Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy revoked previous governments’ order of barring Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from conducting raids in state without state government permission.
Background: The previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government headed by then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu issued a government order number 176 ( GO 176), on 8 November 2018 withdrawing ‘general consent‘ to CBI officers for exercising jurisdiction in state and for investigating corruption charges against central government officials and private persons. This GO barred CBI from conducting raids or carrying out investigations in state without its permission.
Then CM and TDP President, N. Naidu accused Modi government of misusing central agencies such as CBI and Income Tax (IT) department to target TDP leaders, stating this as reason for the order.
- The Yuvajana Sramika Raithu (YSR) Congress Party government under Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy issued new orders allowing CBI to now operate in Andhra Pradesh.
- The order for cancelling last year’s Government Order was issued by Manmohan Singh, Principal Secretary (Home) in exercise of his powers under Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA), 1946.
- CBI will now have all powers to take up corruption and other cases in Andhra Pradesh without requiring any state permission.
About Central Bureau of Investigation
- CBI is the premier investigative agency, headquartered in New Delhi.
- It operates under jurisdiction of Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and functions under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA), 1946. It is not a statutory body.
- Under Section 6 of DSPEA Act 1946, a state government routinely grants consent to CBI for exercising its authority in the respective state.