Attack on Jagan case- High Court orders to take a call on NIA probe to Centre

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Hyderabad High Court has directed the Central Government to decide whether the attempt on the main opposition leader of AP Assembly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at Visakhapatnam International Airport comes under the purview of National Investigation Agency Ac and inform the same to it in a sealed cover.

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B.Radhakrishnan and Justice S.V.Bhatt after hearing a writ petition and related interim applications filed by Jagan seeking investigation into the assault on him by an independent agency. Three more petitions were filed on the matter.

Senior counsel D.Prakash Reddy said that the attack on Jagan comes under the NIA Act since the offence was committed on airport premises. It was mandatory for the State Government to send a report on the offence to the Centre. The State government had formed a SIT to investigate the attack had ignored this Act and two other Acts related to the Civil Aviation and the Aircraft.

Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu today stressed the need for an amendment to the Anti-Defection Law making it mandatory that the Speaker/Chairman of Assembly/Council dispose of the petitions within a time frame.

The Advocate General argued that the attack on Jagan does not come under section three of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety and Civil Aviation Act-1982. ‘ We cannot connect the incident on an individual with civil aviation security’, he said. Assistant Solicitor General of India K.Laxman told the court that the State so far did not send any report to the Centre. It was up to the Centre to take a call on the matter since the ball was in the latter’s court. The bench posted the matter to December 14.

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