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A writ petition seeking direction to the Union government to constitute a national investigating agency to combat growing incidents of terrorist violence in the country has been filed in the Supreme Court. The petition filed by advocate Abani Kumar Sahu has submitted that existing investigating agencies like CBI, ATS squads and other intelligence concerns have failed to serve the purpose, and cited the recent mayhem in Mumbai to buttress the argument. Sahu suggested that this nodal agency should collect inputs from various intelligence and investigating agencies like IB, RAW, CBI, State intelligence bureaus, besides, the anti-terrorist squads to launch a concerted action for preventing and combating the challenge posed by terrorists. According to Sahu, during the past four years 20,000 people lost their lives to terrorist violence, which includes violence perpetrated by anti-national elements, left, right wing and extremists in the northeastern region. The CBI, Sahu alleged, had failed to rise to the occasion as it was adopting a partisan approach by pleasing the powerful and influential persons. In this context, the petition cited Bofors, Ayodhya, Tehelka, Taj Corridor and other high-profile cases, where it alleged the accused had been let off by the premier investigating agency
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