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Won't let down govt in new job: NIA DG-designate tells Rajnath

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Y C Modi, who will assume charge as the chief of the NIA later this month, said today that he will live up to the expectations of the and would not let it down in his new assignment.

"I will live up to your expectations, I will not let you down," he said while offering a vote of thanks at a function where the headquarters of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was inaugurated by Home Minister

The NIA director general-designate's comments came after the home minister complimented the outgoing chief of the NIA, Sharad Kumar, for the achievements of the investigating agency.

Complimenting the NIA's role in curbing terror acts in the country, the home minister said gathering evidence in terror cases was a challenging job but in 95 per cent cases, probed by the NIA, the accused got convicted.

"The NIA has established its credibility and impartiality in the last eight years through professional and scientific investigation," he said.

Modi, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, would assume charge as the DG of the NIA on October 30.

He was part of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases.

Among the successes of the NIA include conviction of six persons by a Mumbai court for possessing and circulating Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), conviction of 15 people, including former militants, elected representatives and officials in two cases connected with terror- funding in Assam.

A court also convicted three people for explosion at the Ajmer dargah in 2007. The case was probed by the NIA. However, the opposition had criticised the investigating agency for the acquittal of a self-styled priest, Swami Aseemanand, and six others.

The opposition also criticised the NIA after two accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case -- Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt. Col. Shrikant Purohit -- were granted bail by the Mumbai High Court and the Supreme Court respectively.

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First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 18:22 IST