Cancel NIA probe into Jagan attack case: Naidu
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.