The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutional validity of courts’ powers to order CBI probe without the consent of state governments. The verdict came on a bunch of petitions by the West Bengal government and some others who contended that the CBI can conduct a probe in any state only with prior consent of the concerned government under the provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act.
In a unanimous verdict, a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, comprising Justices R.V. Raveendran, D.K. Jain, P. Sathasivam and J.M. Panchal, said such powers have to be used sparingly in exceptional and extraordinary circumstances in cases having national and international ramifications.