ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The National Counter Terrorism Centre

The debate about the central government's attempt to expand the jurisdiction of the Intelligence Bureau through the National Counter Terrorism Centre giving it policing power under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has focused on the violation of the Constitution's division of powers between the centre and the states. This is an important criticism but the bigger picture is of the centre taking step after step to expand its policing powers and of the use of the IB as a police agency which together risk eroding the civil liberties of Indians. Parliamentarians, state governments and civil society need to pay closer attention to legislative efforts undertaken in the name of security lest they allow a counterterrorism zeal to wholly abrogate the fundamental rights chapter of the Constitution.

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