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NIA will have more teeth to tackle terror
A Rediff Correspondent in New Delhi | December 12, 2008 00:29 IST
The proposed National Investigating Agency will invoke harsher provisions than POTA (Prevention of Terrorism [Images] Act) of the National Democratic Alliance government. It was knocked out by the United Progressive Alliance Government, dubbing it draconian.
The proposed law seeks to put onus of proving not guilty on the accused and makes polygraphy, narco-analysis and forensic tests as also confession before officers having magisterial powers as admissible before the courts. The NIA officers will be given the magisterial powers to justify recording of confession before police as valid evidence against the accused.
The urgency with which the government is moving to establish the agency can be judged from the fact that it has already identified Nehchal Sandhu, a long-time special director of the Intelligence Bureau and an IPS officer of Bihar cadre, to head it. The agency will come into being as soon as Parliament put the stamp on the Bill.
Home Ministry sources say the proposed agency will be much more powerful than even the Federal Agency of the United States. They said a separate Bill will be moved in Parliament to amend the National Security Act of 1080 to constitute a National Security Authority that will supervise NIA investigations and permit prosecution of the culprits it nabs. The authority will have a senior IPS officer as security commissioner in each state for coordination of NIA with the state police.
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