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War between NIA and CBI over Interpol ownership


Arunoday Mukharji,CNN-IBN
Sep 18, 2013 at 10:59pm IST

New Delhi: A war is brewing among the premier Indian investigating agencies. The National Investigation Agency has taken on the Central Bureau of Investigation over ownership of the Interpol wing.

CNN-IBN has exclusively accessed documents of how the NIA has now strongly pitched to the Central government as to why the Interpol wing currently with the CBI should be transferred to them but CBI is not going to let go easy.

The NIA has written to the government saying Interpol should work with it. The NIA said, "Our cases have international ramifications, so Interpol must fall under NIA control."

The NIA also said that Interpol is essential for the agency as it deals with terror case which have links beyond Indian boundaries.

Hitting out at the CBI, the NIA said the former is mainly incharge of anti-corruption case handling over 60 per cent of such cases, but its (NIA) mandate cuts across countries.

The CBI hit back at the NIA saying it has turned into a multi-disciplinary agency and has handled terror cases and cases like 2G, Commonwealth Games, AgustaWestland Chopper deal which have global ramifications.

The CBI said it deals with cases from economic offences to terrorism to narcotics and anti-hijacking crimes of high seas are part of its mandate and all have international ramifications.

The NIA said all CBI wings function under DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training) but matters of international cooperation on law enforcement fall under the Ministry of Home Affairs. It said, "If Interpol can come to the NIA then this dual control can be avoided as its against tested methods."

The Central agency hit back saying, "The Interpol division has been with the CBI since 1967, for 43 years, the system has worked fine."

While both agencies have points of views which cannot be ignored, the apprehension is the tussle over Interpol may turn into a full blown war embarrassing India's security infrastructure. Instead of fighting a common enemy, these highly influential power centres are fighting each other.

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