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Chhattisgarh opposes NCTC; says it violates federal structure

Opposing the setting up of theanti-terror body NCTC in its present form, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said it violates the federal structure of the Constitution.

delhi Updated: Jun 05, 2013 14:53 IST

Opposing the setting up of the anti-terror body NCTC in its present form, Chhattisgarh ChiefMinister Raman Singh on Wednesday said it violates the federal structure of the Constitution.

The Chief Minister of the BJP-ruled state said that theNational Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) should be ratified by Parliament to make it responsible and answerable to people.

Addressing a day-long conference of Chief Ministers oninternal security, Singh said NCTC should not be given powerssimilar to that envisaged in the NIA Act among others byallowing it to probe terror related cases without state's consent.

"We are opposed to the NCTC in its present state. We want that if NCTC comes into existence, it should respect the federal structure of our Constitution. The participation of states in the NCTC should not get reflected only on paper.

"To make it effective and useful the state's role shouldbe ratified by Parliament. In the present proposed NCTC an executive order may lead to duplication at the state level,"he said.

Singh stressed that his government is not thinking contrary to national consensus on the subject that thereshould be coordination in gathering intelligence so that the
benefit of the state's experience and centre's expertise ismerged.

"We hope that NCTC will not be entrusted with powers thathave not been given under the NIA Act 2008 and the UnlawfulActivities Prevention Act 1967.

"We had also opposed the NCTC because it was proposed to be a body under the Intelligence Bureau. This would haveaffected the working of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and ledto public scrutiny of several intelligence matters," the Chief Minister said.

Singh said he was happy to note that new NCTC proposes tobring it directly under Home Ministry. "But there are stillsome issues with the proposed structure and the most importantis that it should be ratified by Parliament so that NCTC becomes responsible and answerable to people," he said.

First Published: Jun 05, 2013 14:11 IST