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'Federal law to help NIA fight terror likely'

PTI  New Delhi, August 22, 2009
First Published: 14:15 IST(22/8/2009) | Last Updated: 14:20 IST(22/8/2009)

Dubbing terrorism as "an undeclared war" on humanity, Law Minister Veerappa Moily on Saturday said the Centre was likely to enact a federal law to enable the newly set up National Investigation Agency (NIA) to fight the scourge.


"Looking into the inter-state and international nature of terrorism, the need was felt to create the NIA and it is important to have a federal law, which is quite possible. I have recommended it in the Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) report," he said inaugurating a conference on 'The Constitution and Anti-Terror Laws' in New Delhi.

"This is an undeclared war, lets not forget about it. We have to address terrorism without any hesitation," he said at the event jointly organised by Rashtriya Jagriti Sansthan, South Asia Politics and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German organisation.

Referring to the Constitutional protection vis-a-vis anti-terror laws, the Minister, referring to the landmark D K Basu versus Bengal case, said encounter was not an answer, though some thought it was due to the delays in criminal justice system.

"Unless the criminal justice system in completely overhauled, which we would like to do in the future, it is necessary not only to build capacity of law enforcers, but also the judiciary," he said.

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