NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed concern over state governments not granting general consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct probe within their territories and noted that around 150 such requests are pending before the state governments.
The top court said it is not a “desirable position” that eight states including Maharashtra, West Bengal and Jharkhand are not allowing CBI probe in their states.
The apex court also expressed concern over stay order being passed by the higher courts in large number of CBI cases causing delay in probe and completion of trial in a time-bound manner.
A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said that both the issues need to be examined further and refered them to the Chief Justice of India to take a call.
Several opposition parties have withdrawn ‘general consent’ to the CBI for carrying out probe in their states alleging that the Centre uses the investigating agency to carry out political vendetta.

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