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Vinod Raju NIA chief
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 15
Radha Vinod Raju, Special Director-General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, has been named as the Director-General of the newly created National Investigation Agency (NIA).

A 1975-batch IPS officer, 59-year-old Raju, who heads the vigilance department in the militancy-hit state, will be the head of the NIA till January 31, 2010, an official spokesperson said.

He was chosen for the sensitive job in view of his wide knowledge and experiences in investigating high-profile cases, including assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram recommended Rajuís name to the appointments committee of cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has issued orders relieving Raju so as to enable him to move to the Centre. He was to retire on July 31 this year.

The decision to set up the NIA was taken in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack. A bill for the formation of the NIA was cleared by Parliament in December last year

As per the proposal, the NIA will have concurrent jurisdiction which empowers the Centre to probe terror attacks in any part of the country, covering offences, including challenge to the countryís sovereignty and integrity, bomb blasts, hijacking of aircraft and ships, and attacks on nuclear installations.

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