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Federal agency need of the hour, says CJI

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2008 00:34 IST
Satya Prakash

As the country comes under frequent terror attacks, Chief Justice of India (CJI) K.G. Balakrishnan on Saturday too favoured setting up of a federal agency to deal with such organised crimes.

He suggested that states should sit together to sort out their differences on the issue.

Speaking to reporters after inaugurating an exhibition The Trial of Bhagat Singh at the Supreme Court Museum, the CJI said it would help in better investigation of terror-related cases.

“A federal agency would be good as in the inter-state crimes like terrorism one investigating agency could do a better work,” he said.

Noting that state police faced problems in probing such cases, justice Balakrishnan pointed out that the CBI could not take over the investigation without consent of the state concerned.

The CJI's suggestion comes close on the heels of the M. Veerappa Moily headed Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) report that recommended creation of a specialised division in the CBI to investigate terror offences.

On introducing tough anti-terror law, he said it could be helpful in tackling terrorist activities but added: “A tough anti-terror law would only be successful if it embodies a mechanism to prevent its misuse.”

Pointing out that India is signatories to various human rights conventions, the CJI said: “The problem with such laws are at the implementation level vis-a-vis human rights violations. A draconian law is likely to be misused.” He, however, said it was for Parliament to decide what type of law the country needed.