Can­cel NIA probe into Ja­gan at­tack case: Naidu

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU/SOUTH -

The State gov­ern­ment is dis­mayed at the ap­proach of the Union gov­ern­ment, now, in ut­ter dis­re­gard of pre­vail­ing con­ven­tions and travers­ing are­nas within the ex­clu­sive do­main of the State

— Andhra CM Chan­drababu Naidu’s let­ter to PM Modi

EX­PRESS­ING con­cern over the man­ner in which the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs is­sued the or­der di­rect­ing the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) to probe the at­tack on YSR Congress chief YS Ja­gan

Mo han Red dy, Andhra CM Chan­drababu Naidu urged PM Modi to re­voke the or­der and said the rather “in­signif­i­cant” is­sue is now be­ing pro­jected as a flag­ship case to be in­ves­ti­gated by the NIA.

In a strongly-worded let­ter to Modi, Naidu said the NIA reg­is­tered the case in less than 24 hours af­ter the MHA’s or­der in a case of “neg­li­gi­ble in­jury” when com­pared to the de­lay and “in­dif­fer­ence” showed by the Cen­tre in deal­ing with the as­sas­si­na­tion of a sit­ting MLA and a for­mer MLA by Maoists in Vizhag in Sep 2018.

Naidu also men­tioned Modi’s op­po­si­tion to the NIA when he was CM of Gu­jarat. “It is com­pre­hen­si­ble rather bewil­der­ing to rec­on­cile with this or­der of MHA in the back­drop of of your words as CM of Gu­jarat at the Con­fer­ence of Po­lice Chiefs in Jan 2009 soon af­ter the pro­mul­ga­tion of NIA Act, 2008,’’ Naidu said and re­called Modi’s words then, “By set­ting up the NIA, the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment now ob­vi­ously wants to take upon it­self the re­spon­si­bil­ity of fight­ing ter­ror by side­track­ing the States.”

Mak­ing it clear that the at­tack on Ja­gan would not sat­isfy the in­gre­di­ents of Sec­tion 3A of the Sup­pres­sion of Un­law­ful Acts against Safety of Civil Avi­a­tion Act 1982, Naidu said in­di­vid­ual in­stances of crime be­tween per­sons, as long as the mat­ter of in­ci­dent does not sug­gest a threat to the safety of Civil Avi­a­tion at the Air­port, can­not be per­ceived as a sched­uled of­fence at­tract­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the NIA un­der Sec­tion 6.

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