The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has started scouting for personnel to manage its operations in Mumbai. In addition to police officials, the central agency for counter-terrorism wants to recruit forensic and biological experts, explosives experts, and prosecutors.
The NIA’s recruitment drive follows a directive issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs last month, asking the agency to set up a base in Mumbai, in addition to Kochi and Lucknow.
Police personnel interested in joining the agency would have to send their applications to the NIA office in New Delhi by April 15. For its Mumbai centre, the NIA is looking for an official at the rank of a superintendent of police (SP). It is also planning to bring in two additional SPs, four deputy SPs, six inspectors, eight sub-inspectors and 38 constables/assistant sub-inspectors.
An official notice issued by assistant inspector general YM Upadhyay, a copy of which is with HT, mentions that deputation of the officials in the NIA would be of three years, but could be extended if necessary.
In order to ensure that the cases investigated by the NIA stand the tests of the courts, the agency also wants to recruit a deputy legal advisor, a senior public prosecutor and two public prosecutors. This is important given recent cases, like the Adnan Patrawala murder, where Mumbai police failed the scrutiny of courts, and the accused were granted the benefit of doubt.
The NIA will also have its own technical team. It plans to recruit a fingerprint expert, an explosives expert, a biological expert, a cyber forensic examiner and a forensic psychologist. The NIA will also have other clerical staff at its Mumbai office.
The agency is already investigating a few cases in Maharashtra. It has completed its probe into the fake-currency case registered by the anti-terrorism squad in May 2009. The case is pending trial.
The agency is also investigating the 2006 and 2008 Malegaon blasts. Most recently, on Wednesday, the agency sought permission from the court to question the four accused in the 13/7 Mumbai triple blasts case, in connection with the 2011 Delhi high court blast.