The NIA and Why Congress-led Chhattisgarh is Opposing it

The NIA is being opposed by Congress led Chhattisgarh government for giving Centre unprecedented powers.

In an altogether new development, the Congress led Chhattisgarh government has moved the Supreme Court against the National Investigation Act, 2008. The state government has stated that such an act is violative of the ideals enshrined in Indian Constitution. In its civil suit, the state government is reported to have said to the court that the NIA should have no power over matters relations to state policing.

This is the second event of this week in which a state government has dared challenged a central legislation under Article 131 of the Constitution. It was only in this week that the Kerala government had moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship(Amendment)Act. The NIA is a law that governs the functioning of the country’s premier counter terror agency. It had been introduced in the Parliament by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram in the wake of the 26/11 attacks that had shaken Mumbai. The NIA was passed in the Parliament with little opposition. According to the act, the National Investigation Agency is the only true federal agency in the country along the lines of the FBI in the United States, more powerful that the CBI. The law also gives the NIA the power to take suo moto cognisance of terror activities in any part of the country and register a case and enter any state without permission from its government, and to investigate and arrest  people.

The petition that the Chhattisgarh government has filed says that the NIA violates the Constitution and goes beyond the legislative competence of the Parliament. According to the state, the NIA 2008 allows the Centre to create an agency for investigation, which is a function of state police.  It also states that it takes away the state’s power of conducting n investigation trough the police while conferring arbitrary powers on the Centre. The petition also states, “The provisions of the Act leave no room of coordination and pre-condition of consent, in any form whatsoever, by the Central government from the State government which cleat repudiates the idea of state sovereignty as envisaged under the Constitution of  India.” The state has also objected to many provision and sections of the Act.


To retain our initiative towards free spirited and independent journalism we require your support |Pay Now


Now that you are here...
From bottled water to oxygen cans, not even the basics are free in a market-driven world. Why then, do we take free and independent journalism for granted? We find ourselves at a time when more people like you, are reading and coming out in support of The New Leam’s independent, in-depth and throughly issue based journalism than ever before. From grassroot stories and field-reports, to in-depth analysis of the pertinent political issues of our times, to news on gender, culture and educational issues- The New Leam has been dedicated to bringing out stories that speak out the soul of India and take you beyond the propaganda-filled corridors of mainstream journalism in India. We have made an important choice of keeping our journalism free of vested political interests, commercial funding and influence of partisan stakeholders, so that we can bring forward news and stories based on facts and provide a platform where readers can find information with integrity and a journalism premised on honesty. 

Your support to The New Leam is your contribution towards giving a voice to the voiceless, going to the depths of issues that others shy away from and rigorously illuminating the flame of criticality and courage in dark times. We hope that you will come forward to support The New Leam today so that we can keep delivering quality-independent journalism to you and inform public opinion in the right direction. No matter how big or small your contribution may be, it is tremendously important. It takes only a moment, Support The New Leam now!


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *