NIA registers supplementary chargesheet against 4 in PFI case

Source: HINDU

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a supplementary chargesheet against four persons in connection with a case alleging commission of unlawful and anti-national acts by the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) in Patna.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is a central agency in India responsible for countering terrorism and other major crimes with a national and international ramification.

It was established in 2009 by the Indian government as a response to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, recognizing the need for a dedicated agency to investigate and combat terrorism effectively.

The NIA operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and has the authority to investigate and prosecute offenses related to terrorism, arms trafficking, cybercrimes, human trafficking, and various other offenses that fall under its purview.

Key functions and powers of the NIA include:

  • Investigation: The agency is responsible for conducting thorough investigations into cases falling under its jurisdiction. It can take up cases from any state in India without special permission from the state government.
  • Jurisdiction: The NIA has jurisdiction over offenses and cases that have national or international implications, as well as those committed outside India against Indian citizens or interests.
  • Collaboration: The NIA collaborates with various state police forces, intelligence agencies, and international agencies to gather information and evidence for its investigations.
  • Special Courts: The NIA can approach special courts designated under the NIA Act for the trial of cases it investigates.
  • Legal Powers: The NIA has the power to arrest, search, and seize property, as well as to freeze assets related to terrorism and other offenses it investigates.
  • Witnesses Protection: The agency can provide protection to witnesses and informants who cooperate with investigations.

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