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Watching the Intelligence Bureau

What is it that gives the Intelligence Bureau (IB) so much authority within the government? Why does the government place IB reports on such a high pedestal? As citizens, are we aware of what exactly it is that the IB does? Is it legal? Is it constitutional?

In the Constituent Assembly Debates, B R Ambedkar refers to a Bureau which would accumulate information relating to any kind of crime committed by people throughout the territory of India, analyse information and coordinate with the state intelligence agencies in different parts of India. Thus, the framers envisaged an IB that would monitor instances of crime and breaches of internal security.

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