National Investigation Agency
The National Investigation Agency is India’s counter-terrorist task force. The agency is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states. The NIA Bill 2019 was passed by the parliament on 17 July 2019. The Bill aims to give more teeth to the investigating powers of the Nia.
About National Investigation Agency in brief
The National Investigation Agency is India’s counter-terrorist task force. The agency is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states. Headquartered in New Delhi, the NIA has branches in Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Kolkata, Raipur and Jammu. The founding Director-General of NIA was Radha Vinod Raju, and he served till 31 January 2010. The NIA Bill 2019 was passed by the parliament on 17 July 2019. The Bill aims to give more teeth to the investigating powers of the Nia. It empowers theNIA to probe terror attacks targeting Indians and Indian interests abroad. The amendments to the N IA Act has brought the offences relating to the smuggling in High-Quality Counterfeit Indian Currency under the definition of a terrorist Act aimed at damaging the monetary stability of the country. This amendment will now also allow NIA to investigate the Sri Lanka Easter Bombings and Kabul Gurudwara bombing.
On 2016 Home minister Rajnath Singh wanted to end the central’s dependence on state police chiefs before confiscating or attaching or attaching assets of people accused of crime. In 2017, Y. C. Modi was named as Chief of Nia in September. He was succeeded by Navneet Rajan Wasan till July 2013. In July 2013, Sharad Kumar was appointed as the Chief of National Investigation agency. He served till March 2013. Y.C. Modi has been Chief of the agency since September 2017. He has been in charge of the Agency since September 2013. The Agency aims to be a thoroughly professional investigative agency matching the best international standards. It aims to set the standards of excellence in counter terrorism and other national security related investigations at the national level by developing into a highly trained, partnership oriented workforce.