Maharashtra state government had revoked the ‘general consent’ given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate cases in the state, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh stated the decision was taken to ensure that the Central agency is not misused for political purpose.
On Thursday in a press meet, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said, “CBI will need Maharashtra government permission henceforth (to operate in the state). It can’t carry out investigation here in Mumbai till we issue permission.”
Maharashtra government’s announcement came on Wednesday a day after CBI took in charge of a case filed by UP Police against “unknown” channels and persons over alleged manipulation of TRPs.
The move follows realization in the state government that the CBI would take over a similar case on alleged manipulating of TRPs in Maharashtra in a view to move it away from the extent of Mumbai police. Anil Deshmukh referred to the apprehension, saying the government wanted to prevent similar things happen here.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, the government of Maharashtra hereby withdraws the consent accorded to the Members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment vide Government Order dated 22nd February 1989,” stated Home Department’s order issued on Wednesday.
The minister said, “CBI had been given a free pass by the earlier government. We have withdrawn it. We thought about political scores being settled through CBI. So we have withdrawn the permission granted earlier to avoid such a thing happening.”
He further added, “Earlier, CBI had taken up the investigation in some cases. We are concerned about the use of CBI to intervene in the ongoing TRP scam and hence Maharashtra decided to withdraw its permission.”
He also recalled the statement of a Supreme Court judge who had called CBI “government’s parrot” He said, “We want to avoid it happening now.”
Earlier three non-BJP-ruled states – Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and West Bengal – have revoked its general consent to let the CBI investigate cases in their jurisdiction.
On October 6, Mumbai Police probed into a complaint by TV viewership measurement agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) had exposed a racket of TRP-fixing by some channels, including popular news broadcaster Republic TV.