After the terror attack on Mumbai the Indian government came
out with a proposal to constitute a federal investigative agency named National
Investigation Agency or NIA. It was a long felt need since to combat terrorism
and left wing extremism coordination between states with a central authority
was must. Though states government was not allowing this to happen since the
state police is a state subject according to the constitution of India. After this
dreaded attack on Mumbai, the state governments were unable to protest against
the federal agency and it came smoothly.
According to the statute of the bill, this agency can
investigate any crime which has an implication with terrorism, left wing extremism,
narcotics and similar type of offeces. First of all cases will be registered in
the local police station which will according to the gravity of the reports
will send to the state government and further from state government to the NIA.
NIA is also authorized to investigate a matter suo motu and is also allowed to
reject a case forwarded to it by the state government.
It is expected that with this potent legislation in hand now
the investigation and prevention of cases will come on fast track.