Special Correspondent

KANNUR: Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury has said the Central government’s decision to hand over investigation of terrorism-related cases in the State to the National Investigation Agency without consultation with the State government will destroy the federal character of the country.

Addressing a public function organised by the district committee of the CPI(M) here on Wednesday as part of its campaign against religious terrorism, Mr. Yechury said though the Left parties had supported the Central government’s steps to combat terrorism in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, they also raised certain reservations about the legislations introduced in Parliament to fight terror.

The Left parties had preferred coordination between security agencies to prevent terror attacks. They had demanded amendments to the NIA Act since it, in its present form, would violate the federal character of India.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram had promised to include these amendments, Mr. Yechury said. But the promise was never fulfilled.

The CPI(M) leader said the Central government’s announcement, without consulting the State government, that certain cases connected with terrorism would be probed by the NIA would be harmful to the federal structure. Moreover, the UPA government was picking and choosing certain cases for NIA investigation. For the CPI(M), fight against terrorism was non-negotiable, he said adding that religious terrorism was more dangerous since its objective was to capture power.