Fight against terror must co-exist with federalism: Arun Jaitley
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The IB's functions should not be political or investigative. It is an agency which must restrict itself to intelligence collection, processing and transmission. That is what the NCTC must do," he said.
According to Jaitley, India has been on the radar of terrorism both domestic and cross-border for the past three decades and thus the need for a concerted approach against terror uninterruptedly.
He also accused the Congress-led ruling UPA of being soft on terror and example of repealing the POTA law which was an effective instrument for investigating and punishing terrorists during NDA regime.
Jaitley said the establishment of an adequate collection and transmission mechanism is understandable but questioned why the Centre wanted to give police powers to it which would otherwise be under the domain of NIA or state police.
"Why should the central government not trust the states," he asked, adding the NCTC can always coordinate its activities with state police.
"Is there any reason to doubt that the state police in India cannot be trusted for the anti-terror functions," he asked.
He added the NIA can also be involved in such functions in extraordinary cases.