National Investigation Agency

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was constituted under the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act, 2008.

  • It is a central agency to investigate and prosecute offences:
    • affecting the sovereignty, security and integrity of India, security of State, friendly relations with foreign States.
    • against atomic and nuclear facilities.
    • smuggling in High-Quality Counterfeit Indian Currency.
  • It implements international treaties, agreements, conventions and resolutions of the United Nations, its agencies and other international organisations.
  • It’s objective is also to combat terror in India.
  • It acts as the Central Counter-Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
    • Branches: Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Kolkata, Raipur and Jammu.

Goals of NIA

  • To execute in-depth professional investigation of scheduled offences using the latest scientific methods of investigation.
  • Upholding the constitution of India and laws of the land.
  • Prime importance to the protection of Human Rights and dignity of the individual.
  • Developing a professional workforce through regular training and exposure to the best practices and procedures.
  • Ensuring effective and speedy trial.
  • Maintaining professional and cordial relations with the governments of States and Union Territories and other law enforcement agencies in compliance with the legal provisions of the NIA Act.
    • Assist all States and other investigating agencies in the investigation of terrorist cases.
    • Build a database of all terrorist-related information and share the database available with the States and other agencies.
  • Study and analyse laws relating to terrorism in other countries and regularly evaluate the adequacy of existing laws in India and propose changes as and when necessary.

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