Terrorism

NIA to tread cautiously while probing minorities

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA), which was formed recently to investigate terror-related activities, has decided that in cases pertaining to minorities the agency will move carefully right from the beginning. In this context, NIA has decided that during the process of investigation emotions of minorities will be safeguarded. S.C Sinha, Director General of NIA, has issued guidelines to all concerned investigative agencies in this regard. While framing the outline of NIA work for the year 2010, Sinha categorically emphasised that during investigation the concerned officers will respect the sentiments and the rights of minorities and any violation of human rights by NIA officers will be dealt with strict action. Sinha indicated that while investigating, sensitivities of not only minorities but even of Dalits and socially-deprived people should be taken care of. In order to make investigation impartial and transparent, video recording of all the witnesses will be done. To avoid accusation of forceful submission, statements of witnesses will be recorded under clause 164 of CRPC in the presence of a magistrate so that it may be produced in a court of law as proof. The NIA has also made a point that all investigations must be completed within a year. However, if any case is not completed within the specified time, the concerned investigative officer will have to report it to the Director General of NIA with the reasons seeking permission to investigate further. A senior officer of NIA said that in this regard NIA will be different from CBI, where cases linger on for years.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2010 on page no. 11

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