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Centre should have consulted state governments before constituting NCTC: Yechury

February 19, 2012 - Kolkata

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader Sitaram Yechury has said the Central Government should have consulted state governments before constituting the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

"We think the Centre Government should have consulted the state governments before going ahead with this act that they have undertaken. Technically they are right, the law has been passed by the Parliament; therefore in accordance with that they are doing it," Yechury told media here.

"But this is not the question of technicality, it is the question of the federal spirit of our Constitution, they should have taken the state governments into confidence," he added.

Several state governments, including the Trinamool Congress (TMC), which is the second largest in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government (19 Members of Parliament), joined the chorus against what is being seen as an attempt to infringe upon state's rights.

The main task of the NCTC would be to ensure that the wide variety of security organizations in the country work in tandem, at least on issues related to terrorism.

It will also have the power to seek information, including documents, reports, transcripts, and cyber information from any agency, including from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), National Investigation Agency, National Technical Research Organization, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and all seven central armed police forces including the National Security Guard (NSG).

The body, which will function under the Intelligence Bureau, has been given its own operational wing with powers to arrest and conduct searches under Section 43A of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.


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