The Sikkim High Court has dismissed a writ petition filed by a political party, seeking quashing of a 2010 notification of the state government, requiring the CBI to take its prior permission before initiating an investigation in the north-eastern state.
The petitioners had challenged the gazette notification issued by the state government in July 2010, mandating the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to seek its prior consent, before taking up an investigation against any of its officers or public representatives.
Justice Agnihotri also upheld the power of the state government to withdraw the general consent previously given by it to the central probe agency to investigate cases.
The SKM had sought the court's intervention in allowing the CBI to take up the investigation into the corruption charges against Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, his council of ministers and some former legislators.
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