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17th Lok Sabha Updates: Opposition cries foul over NIA Amendment Bill

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, July 15: The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, giving more teeth to the NIA in probing terror cases in India and abroad.

The amendments will allow the NIA probe cybercrimes and cases of human trafficking, sources had earlier told news agency PTI. The Bill allows the National Investigation Agency to investigate terror attacks on Indians and Indian interests abroad.


While the government maintained that broadening the central probe agency's investigation powers through the legislation was essential for implementing its zero-tolerance policy against terrorism, the opposition claimed that it would end up turning India into a "police state".

The Parliament session will continue till July 26. The Economic Survey was presented on July 4 followed by the Union Budget for 2019- 20 on July 5.

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