- Senior IPS officer Y.C Modi, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases, was on Monday named chief of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
- The federal probe agency is tasked with probing terrorism and terror-financing related cases.
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Mr. Modi’s appointment as Director General of the NIA, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), said.
- Another senior IPS officer, Rajni Kant Misra, has been appointed Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
- Mr. Modi will hold the post till his superannuation, i.e. May 31, 2021, the order said.
- ACC has also approved the appointment of Mr. Modi as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in NIA with immediate effect to ensure a smooth takeover.
- Mr. Modi, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is at present special director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
- He will take over from Sharad Kumar after he completes his tenure on October 30, the order said.
- Mr. Kumar, who was appointed DG NIA in July 2013, has been given two extensions.
- In October last year, he was given a one-year extension, apparently to help the agency complete some important probes, including the Pathankot terror case, terror strikes in Kashmir, Burdwan blast case and the Samjhauta blast cases.
- Mr. Misra has been appointed Director General of the SSB till the date of his superannuation, i.e. August 31, 2019, the DoPT order said.
- Mr. Misra, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is at present the Additional Director General in the Border Security Force (BSF).
About : National Investigation Agency
|National Investigation Agency|
Logo of the National Investigation Agency
Flag of the National Investigation Agency
|Annual budget||$16 million|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Governing body||Government of India|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|Agency executive||YC Modi, Director-General|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Home Affairs|
- National Investigation Agency (NIA) is a central agency established by the Indian Government to combat terror in India. It acts as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency. The agency is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states. The Agency came into existence with the enactment of the National Investigation Agency Act 2008 by the Parliament of India on 31 December 2008.
- NIA was created after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks as need for a central agency to combat terrorism was realised. The founding Director-General of NIA was Radha Vinod Raju, and he served till 31 January 2010. He was succeeded by Sharad Chandra Sinha till March 2013 when he was appointed the member of the National Human Rights Commission of India. In July 2013, Sharad Kumar was appointed as the Chief of National Investigation Agency.
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