The National Investigation Agency may also be involved in the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. It is believed that the NIA has now been approved by the Central Government to investigate drug related cases. Confirming this, senior officials have said that this could be a major reason for the NIA investigation in the case related to Sushant's death. Because the agency mainly investigates matters related to terrorism. If the investigation of this case is handed over to the NIA. NIA will be the fourth investigating agency after CBI, ED and NCB.
Releasing the notification by the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, said that according to Section 53 The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, after consulting with the Center States "to exercise powers above the rank of inspectors in NIA. And invites him to perform the duties. " In an amendment to the NIA Act last year, the agency was also empowered to investigate cases related to human trafficking, fake notes and cyber terrorism, but drug cases were not within its purview. But its order was also issued on Tuesday.
A notification issued by the Department of Revenue of the Ministry of Finance stated that in consultation with the Center States, officers above the rank of inspectors in the NIA were required to exercise the powers of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 as per Section 53 and Invites you to perform duties. ''
This section allows the government to confer powers of any police station to any officer to investigate crimes under this Act. The NIA was set up to focus on terrorist activities across the country for a year after the 2008 Mumbai serial blasts. In an amendment to the NIA Act last year, the agency was also given jurisdiction to investigate cases related to human trafficking, counterfeit notes and cyber terrorism, but drug cases were still not under its purview.