Creation of Federal Agency to Deal with Federal Crimes

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New Delhi, Oct 22 (UNI) Despite repeated efforts of the central government to arrive at a consensus to set up a federal/ central investigation agency to probe terrorism and national security related crimes like espionage, hijacking and smuggling of arms and fake currency notes, most of the states have not favoured it.

Efforts have been made by the government for the past several years including by the previous governments towards setting up of a federal/central investigation agency to enable probe of selected cases of terrorism that may have inter-state or international linkages and pose a direct threat to the national security and related crimes like espionage, hijacking, smuggling of arms and fake Indian currency notes form outside the country.

Since police and public order are listed in the list II of the seventh schedule to the constitution, the Centre is trying to develop a consensus, an official release said here today.

Since no consensus has yet emerged, the Home Ministry, however, continues to make efforts to build a consensus on the issue. It is carrying out consultation with the state governments by way of communications as well as discussions in various meeting such as chief ministers' conference and chief secretaries/DsGP meeting.

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