Rajasthan Government revokes general consent for CBI investigation

Rajasthan government on Monday revoked the general consent under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946, which is required for CBI investigation. In a notification, the government, said, that prior consent of the state government shall be required on a case-to-case basis by the CBI for investigation of any offence or class of offence under the said Section 3 of DSPE Act. On Saturday, the BJP on Saturday sought a CBI probe into the “phone tapping” of all the political leaders in the state.

Probing into an alleged plot to topple the Rajasthan government, the Special Operations Group of the state police force has served a notice on Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat under a CrPC section which requires him to appear before the investigation officer when called. The notice was sent to the personal secretary of Shekhawat in connection with the audio tapes, in one of which the minister is allegedly heard during a purported conversation to bring down the Rajasthan government.

Appearing for Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs, who have been served disqualification notices by the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker, senior Advocate Harish Salve Monday said intra-party debates were permissible and cannot be regarded as “unprincipled defection”. “Issuing disqualification notice for inner party dissent is a violation of freedom of speech of the legislator,” he added, while speaking before a Rajasthan High Court bench which was hearing the petition against the disqualification notices issued to the dissident MLAs. The court will resume its hearing at 10.30 am Tuesday.


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