Oppn cite technical reason to oppose NIA Bill debate

Oppn cite technical reason to oppose NIA Bill debate

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New Delhi, Jul 15 : The Opposition members on Monday voiced their protest against the debate on the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 saying the draft law was brought in the "midst of financial business".

"The Government is surreptitiously bringing in a Bill in the midst of financial business," Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy said.RSP member NK Premachandran also opposed the debate on the Bill piloted by the Union Home Ministry.

The members said that notwithstanding a day has been allotted for financial business under rules 207, 208, 218 or 219, a motion or motions for leave to introduce a Bill or Bills may be made and a Bill or Bills may be introduced on such day before the House enters on the business for which the day has been allotted.

Roy, however said, the Speaker may exercise all such powers as are necessary for the purpose of the timely completion of all financial business.

"Today, Road Transport and Highways Bill was included in the business. Why suddenly? The minister has to reply, why suddenly this National Investigation Bill is being brought. This is totally irregular, illegal and is a violation of parliamentary procedures and
rules," Roy said.

Nishikant Dubey of BJP said there was no need for any debate However, the chair allowed the Bill to be taken up.Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said the new draft law will go a long way in empowering the NIA and help the agency fight the terror menace.

The Bill states that among other things, the officers of the NIA will "have the power" to investigate scheduled offences committed outside India, subject to international treaties and domestic laws of other countries.(UNI)