The PSA Advisory Board is meant to act as a check and balance on the government’s use of this stringent law and that’s why the judiciary was made part of its appointment exercise. Ironically, it was PDP-BJP govt that cut judiciary out of the process.
Sources said the government has reviewed the adverse list and brought it down to just two who are still suspected of being linked with forces inimical to India. The review is a dynamic process which is carried out periodically, sources said.
The ministry hopes this will break the impasse over implementation of Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFFU) of CAPF officers and save the government from facing contempt proceedings in Supreme Court.
The Enforcement Directorate is now investigating several high-profile cases, including the INX Media case against former Union minister P Chidambaram. The Indian Express on ED’s transformation from a small enforcement agency prosecuting civil offences to becoming “the new CBI”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who met visiting Interpol Secretary-General Jurgen Stock at his office in North Block on Saturday, expressed concern over delay by the international agency in issuing Red Notices against fugitives from India.
Incidentally, Prof Kaul, who was summoned Friday as a witness by the NIA as part of its 2017 terror funding probe, has been critical of the Centre’s decision to scrap the special status of J&K and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.
Watali is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for allegedly funneling funds from Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed into Kashmir to fuel unrest in the Valley.
Earlier, anyone seeking medical treatment in India after arrival on a primary visa would have to get their visa converted to a medical one. This was liberalised last year, but pre-existing diseases were excluded.