Parliament has passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, with the Rajya Sabha approving it on July 18, 2019.
The Lok Sabha had already passed the bill on July 15, 2019 by a majority of 278 against 6 members voting against it.
- The legislation aims at enhancing the jurisdiction of NIA to investigate scheduled offences committed outside India targeting Indians as well as Indian assets abroad.
- The latest amendment will enable the NIA to additionally investigate offences related to human trafficking, counterfeit currency, manufacture or sale of prohibited arms, cyber terrorism and offences under the explosive substances Act, 1908.
- It also provides for constituting special courts for the trial of scheduled offences such as human trafficking and cyber terrorism.
- Replying to a debate on the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah assured the Parliament, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, that the NIA will be able to deal with the cases related to terrorism against Indian citizens abroad and against the interests of the country.
- Mr. Shah assured the members that the Narendra Modi led government will not allow misuse of the Act.