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17th Lok Sabha Updates: Rajya Sabha too passes amendments to NIA Act

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, July 17: Parliament on Wednesday passed a bill giving more powers to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe terrorist acts against Indians and Indian interests abroad.

The Bill amends NIA Act, 2008 that provides for a national-level agency to investigate and prosecute offences listed in the scheduled offences, was passed by Rajya Sabha with a voice vote. Further, the Act allows for creation of Special Courts for the trial of scheduled offences. The bill has been already passed by the Lok Sabha on July 15.


Opposition members in Rajya Sabha Wednesday asked the Centre to ensure that states' right to policing remains intact and they should be allowed to assist National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe terrorism cases.

The members were participating in a discussion on the The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which has already been passed by Lok Sabha earlier this week. Congress member Vivek Tankha said: "NIA is a policing agency...it is facing challenges and one day there may be a situation where NIA enactment would be struck down (by court)."

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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