The Union Government on Monday approved a central anti-terror agency, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) and strengthened the relevant laws to allow wiretaps being used as evidence, in-camera trials and fast track special courts to deal with all cases related to terrorism.
The powers of NIA include that the Agency would be free to take up terror-related crimes on its own across states without getting special permission from states. Drug trafficking and counterfeit currency has been clubbed together with terrorism and designated as scheduled crimes.
The Union Cabinet also cleared significant changes to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), including setting up of fast track courts for speedy trial of terror-related cases.
The Bill for setting up NIA and amendments to UAPA are expected to be moved in Parliament today itself.