Govt introduces Bill in LS to amend NIA Act

Govt introduces Bill in LS to amend NIA Act

NEW DELHI: A Bill seeking to further strengthen the National Investigation Agency (NIA) by giving it powers to probe terror attacks targeting Indians and Indian interests on foreign soil was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Introducing the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy said the legislation will also allow the NIA probe cyber crimes and cases of human trafficking.

Through the legislation, the government wants to further strengthen the NIA Act, Reddy said, adding the agency will be empowered to conduct an investigation in any part of the world if any terror attack targeting Indians or Indian interests takes place.

The NIA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack which had claimed 166 lives.

Opposing the Bill, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the courts were already clogged with the huge backlog and now the government was adding more cases through the amendment in the NIA Act.

Tharoor alleged that the Bill was “not based on logic” and was “piecemeal” legislation. PTI

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