NCTC: Vision versus Reality

The NCTC, however, does have an objectionable feature. It has been given the powers to arrest and carry out searches under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. These powers are currently only vested in the NIA and CBI at the centre. Providing these powers to a clandestine intelligence agency like the IB has invoked valid fears that such powers could be misused against political opponents under pressure from the political leadership. The government needs to take all the political parties into confidence and explain the rationale for providing the powers of search and arrest to the NCTC.