Intelligence Bureau Current Affairs - 2019
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The Union Home Ministry has announced setting up of a Terror Monitoring Group (TMG) to ensure synergised and concerted action against terror financing and terror-related activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mandate of the Terror Monitoring Group
- Taking action against hardcore sympathisers among government employees including teacher’s etc providing overt or covert support to such activities.
- TMG will act against all registered cases related to terror, terror financing and terror-related activities and bring them to a logical conclusion.
- TMG shall identify all key persons including leaders of the organisations who are involved in supporting terrorism in any form and take concerted action against them. Investigate the networks of various channels being used to fund terror and terror-related activities and take action to stop the flow of such funds.
- TMG will also investigate the network of various channels being used to fund terror and terror-related activities and take coordinated action to stop the flow of such funds.
The seven-member TMG shall be headed by the Jammu and Kashmir additional director general of police (ADGP) and have representatives from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), CBI, NIA, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). The Jammu and Kashmir police inspector-general shall be the seventh member of the TMG. Strangely the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which has attached several properties in terror funding cases, did not find mention in the order.
Tags: CBDT • CBI • CBIC • Central Board of Direct Taxes • Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs • ED • Enforcement Directorate • IB • Intelligence Bureau • Jammu and Kashmir • NIA • Terror Financing • Terror Monitoring Group • Union Home Ministry
The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central government on PIL which questioned the notification authorising 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system.
What was the notification?
Under the notification, the central government had empowered 10 agencies, Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (for Income Tax Department), Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, Directorate of Signal Intelligence (in service areas of J-K, North East and Assam) and Delhi Police commissioner to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system.
PIL challenges the Notification
The notification is challenged on the following grounds:
- The notification was illegal, unconstitutional and ultra vires to the law.
- The notification gives State the right to access every communication, computer and mobile and to use it to protect the political interest and object of the present executive political party.
- The notification was an attempt to create a surveillance state.
The PIL also sought to prohibit the agencies from initiating any criminal proceedings, enquiry or investigation against anybody under the provisions of the IT Act based on the notification. The Supreme Court issuing a notice to the central government and has asked to respond in six weeks.
Tags: Central Bureau of Investigation • Delhi Police commissioner • Directorate of Revenue Intelligence • Directorate of Signal Intelligence (in service areas of J-K North East and Assam) • Enforcement Directorate • Intelligence Bureau • Narcotics Control Bureau • National Investigation Agency • Snooping • Supreme Court • surveillance state • the Central Board of Direct Taxes (for Income Tax Department) • the Research and Analysis Wing