FIR against Islamic preacher Zakir Naik illegal, says his counsel

Mobin Solkar maintained that from 2012 till date, Dr. Naik has not given any lecture which can be a cause of action for filing a fresh FIR against him.

By: ANI | Mumbai | Updated: November 19, 2016 4:59 pm
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Mobin Solkar, the counsel for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, on Saturday said the case filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against his client under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is illegal, as the Supreme Court, earlier granted a stay in a similar case, and hence, any fresh complaint on the same grounds would stand void.

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“Earlier in the year 2012 an FIR was registered by the office bearers of some organisation against Zakir Naik under section 153 A and in response we filed a petition in the Supreme Court and the court granted stay to all those proceedings in the FIR. So fresh FIR for the same offence is not maintainable in law so they cannot be two FIR for one offence,” Solkar told ANI.

Solankar further maintained that from 2012 till date, Dr. Naik has not given any lecture which can be a cause of action for filing a fresh FIR against him.

He, however, conceded that the investigative agency is entitled to search and visit the premises of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), owned by Naik, and the organisation would comply with all the investigative processes carried out by the NIA.

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“The NIA, irrespective of the legality of the FIR, is empowered to investigate the matter and they are carrying out their investigation and we are ready to cooperate as far the investigation is concerned. IRF has been a law abiding trust and we are ready to fully cooperate with the investigative agency,” Solankar said.

Teams of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), along with the Mumbai Police, early Saturday morning, launched raids on 10 premises of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) run by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. NIA spokesperson told ANI that the premises were raided at 6 a.m. with the help of local police.

“We are searching a few residential premises and a few office premises of Zakir Naik,” said the spokesperson.

The NIA had on Friday registered a case against Naik and others under sections 10 (Penalty for being member of an unlawful association) and 13 (Punishment for unlawful activities) and other various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), said a spokesperson.

The Union Government had on Tuesday declared the IRF as an “outlawed organisation” under the anti-terror law for its alleged terror activities, following which the Maharashtra Government said it would keep a close eye on locals and organisations funding the IRF and would be treated as “anti-social elements”.

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    Ali
    Nov 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm
    No Hindu religious scholars ever criticize lt;br/gt;Dr Naik for his quotes from Hindu scriptures, Sri Ravi Shankar fake guru failed miserably at the public meeting debate with Dr Naik its on you tube for people to watch and decide for themselves, We all know how NIA or any lt;br/gt;other law enforcement agencies work in lt;br/gt;India when it comes to deal with Muslims lt;br/gt;The present regime of RSS thugs and criminals are openly Anti Muslim So banning or closing NGOs or insutions run by Muslims are surprised it has to come sooner or later.
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      Chandu Shah
      Nov 19, 2016 at 12:19 pm
      This Nalayak should be thrown out of India and never should be allowed back
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        Anil Nirodi
        Nov 19, 2016 at 11:34 am
        Indian Express rejoicing? Every sympathizer and relatives of a every criminal always gives a 'Certificate Best Character and innocence' when asked by any media goons. So what is the value of this news by Economic Times?
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        Abansal Spslt
        Nov 22, 2016 at 7:42 am
        Ganesan Moorthiraman since you have accepted that caste system is the problem - please refer to your last sentence, why don't you agree to eradicate it rather than ranting. Caste system is eroding the Hindu community from inside like termites. We need to eradicate it.
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          Abansal Spslt
          Nov 19, 2016 at 1:09 pm
          I may not like Zakir Naik but I admire his knowledge of Hinduism, Sikkhism, Christianity and Buddhism along with Islam. He is the only preacher whose answers to Hindus are based on Hindu scriptures and to Muslims on Islamic scriptures.
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            Abansal Spslt
            Nov 20, 2016 at 6:45 am
            The comments on this page make an interesting read. Those ranting against Islam and Muslims have something in common. Their writing is riddled with spelling, grammatical and syntactical errors. They are using pronouns right, left and center making even individual sentences incomprehensible. There is no development of thought or idea, only strong outbursts of hate. They are writing not against Zakir Naik but against all Muslims and this is dangerous. Muslims are a part and parcel of the social fabric of India of India since 8th century. They cannot be wished away. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;True, many Indian Muslim's have had ancestors who converted to Islam from Hinduism and they are proud of it. Why should today's Hindus bully Muslims into reconverting. Ours is a beautiful country - there is no country like India. Let us keep its vibrant diversity alive and let Hindus be Hindus and Muslims be Muslims. Jai Hind!
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            Abansal Spslt
            Nov 20, 2016 at 6:02 am
            Your unnecessarily long rant is practically incomprehensible. But I will respond on the basis of what little I could understand. Agreed most Muslims of today may have Hindu ancestors who had converted to Islam. But that was their individual choice and who are we to object? Conversion to Islam has not died down with the page of time, in fact, today Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Let us try to understand what is wrong with Hinduism that people are not willingly converting to Hinduism, especially outside India. It is the curse of caste system and untouchability which is an integral part of Hinduism. It is the most oppressive form of oppression in the w world. Therefore, instead of badmouthing against Islam and Muslims, let us work to eradicate caste system. Let's build a better tomorrow for all.
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              Abdi Omer
              Nov 20, 2016 at 2:22 am
              It is absolutely absurd and all extremist anti-terrorism propaa and Conspiracy become a political game gain for politician Dr Naik did not start his peace journey yesterday has been long enough in this great country and with this great nation and never add a new unlawful activity as some public chronic and self-centred greedy politician the so called counsellor motivated by their own agenda to divide this nation by the name of religion.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I will strongly urge to all Indian and other concerned authority to weak up and protect your country before it comes as Middle East falling apart unless otherwise Dr Naik not become a reason behind the scene
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