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HC dismisses writ petition challenging Sikkim govt's

Press Trust of India  |  Gangtok 

The High has dismissed a writ filed by a political party, seeking quashing of a 2010 notification of the state government, requiring the to take its prior permission before initiating an investigation in the north-eastern state.

Chief Justice Sharad Kumar Agnihotri passed the order recently, dismissing the filed by Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president P S Tamang, its Kunga Nima Lepcha and eight others.

The observed that the was "bereft of merit and deserves dismissal".

The petitioners had challenged the gazette notification issued by the state in July 2010, mandating the (CBI) to seek its prior consent, before taking up an investigation against any of its officers or public representatives.

Dismissing the petition, Chief Justice Agnihotri said the was of the view that the had the power to give consent under relevant provisions of and also to withdraw the same.

Justice Agnihotri also upheld the power of the state 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 to take up the investigation into the corruption charges against Chief Minister Chamling, his council of ministers and some former legislators.

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First Published: Sun, October 08 2017. 22:22 IST