19 Aug : Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) can suo-moto register and investigate cases of corruption including against officers of the Central Government, in the Union Territories. CBI requires consent of the concerned State Government for operating in that State. However, prior permission of the Central Government is required under section 6(A) of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, before conducting any inquiry or investigation of the offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, alleged to have been committed by the officers who are :
(i) the employees of the Central Government of the Level of Joint Secretary and above; and
(ii) such officers as are appointed by the Central Government in corporations established by or under any Central Act, Government Companies, Societies and local Authorities owned or controlled by that Government.
No permission under Section 6(A) of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 is required in case of arrest of an officer at the spot for accepting or attempting to accept a bribe.
CBI derives its powers of registration, investigation and prosecution of cases from the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946.
This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.