No more foreign funds for Zakir Naik’s NGO: Home Ministry

The move came after different investigations found Naik to be "involved" in utilising funds meant for the NGOs for alleged radicalisation of youths and "inspiring" them into terror activities.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2016 7:46 pm
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Islamic Research Foundation, promoted by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, will soon be banned from receiving foreign funds with the Home Ministry initiating the process for cancellation of its FCRA registration by issuing a final show cause notice to the NGO. The Home Ministry has also started the process for putting another NGO of Naik namely IRF Educational Trust in prior permission category, thus preventing it from receiving any foreign funds without getting nod from the government.

The move came after different investigations found Naik to be “involved” in utilising funds meant for the NGOs for alleged radicalisation of youths and “inspiring” them into terror activities, official sources said.

Interestingly, the IRF’s registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act was renewed in September inadvertently despite multiple probes against Naik, leading to suspension of a Joint Secretary and four other officials in the Home Ministry.

Government is also in the process of declaring IRF as an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and a nod from the Union Cabinet is awaited for it. According to a draft note, which is based on the inputs from Maharashtra Police, Naik, who heads the IRF, has allegedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda.

Maharashtra Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities, a source said. Naik also transferred IRF’s foreign funds to Peace TV for making “objectionable” programmes. Most of the programmes, which were made in India, contained alleged hate speeches of Naik, who had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists” through Peace TV, sources have claimed.

Naik came under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik.

The Islamic orator is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia. He had been popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects. The Mumbai-based preacher has not returned to India ever since the controversy erupted.

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First Published on: November 1, 2016 4:35 pm
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    R.K.Sharma
    Nov 1, 2016 at 11:54 am
    What is your opinion? It's a good news for all.
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      Faran Nasir
      Nov 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm
      He is very good speacher very famous in muslims he guide well accordingly ........ has brief knowledge to answer the Questions given by the hindu and muslim communities.
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        K S
        Nov 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm
        Subhan Allah. Masha Allah. Alhamdulillah.
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          Priyank
          Nov 1, 2016 at 2:49 pm
          Fakir Nalaik could've gotten away with anything if scamgress were in power just by donating money to the hi family
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            syed
            Nov 1, 2016 at 12:58 pm
            Baj dal, Ram sena, sanathan sena , VHP who are actually killing people and inciting hatred are not banned. IRF is being hared for no solid reason. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;if the government had evidence they would have banned it by now, but they do not have it. the moment they ban it the matter will be taken to court.lt;br/gt;BJP is trying try project itself anti Muslim by all mean for polarizing Hindu vote banks.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;even if government bans it, we will continue to support this organization by all means possible. lt;br/gt;This is RSS propaa, nobody buys their filthy culture therefore they want to ban all other.
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              naheednasera
              Nov 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm
              Awesome
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                naheednasera
                Nov 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm
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                  INDIA is
                  Nov 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm
                  New Episode from Centre Government
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                    naheednasera
                    Nov 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm
                    Excellent
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                      naheednasera
                      Nov 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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                        naheednasera
                        Nov 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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                          naheednasera
                          Nov 1, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                          Awesome excellent
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                            Raider
                            Nov 1, 2016 at 11:32 am
                            Again IE mentioned Dr. Zakir ban in Malaysia last April he was there and he received one of the award from the government there. This is the reason that media is getting bad name for reporting wrong news. After searching his speeches investigation agencies had not found any objectionable material against him because he speak about Islam that is why he is banned. Even many Hindu brothers and sister reverted to Islam by his eloquent speech of truth but yet Indian media against him. When the media starts supporting the government blindly then it becomes enemy of the people.
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                              sahil
                              Nov 1, 2016 at 1:38 pm
                              Naik was very lucky he was famous among influential foreign countries also, otherwise he would have been bumped off long ago by the jhandelwalan brigade.
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                                KAPIL DEV
                                Nov 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm
                                WHY THE GOVT. IS SHOWING LENIENCY TO THIS TRAITOR BECAUSE HE SUPPORTS , ISIS TERRORIST IN OUR COUNTRY . HAS SUCH FREEDOM IS GIVEN TO TRAITORS IN ANY COUNTRY EXCEPT INDIA FOR USING THEIR VOTE BANK TO REMAIN IN POWER . ?
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                                  Smart
                                  Nov 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm
                                  "speacher"? Did you mean speaker or preacher? Yes he guides Muslims very well and we can see that almost every day.
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                                    Prateik
                                    Nov 1, 2016 at 2:39 pm
                                    Indian Express is also a part of Indian media.
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                                      Prateik
                                      Nov 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm
                                      Yeah. Burkha brigade protecting him.
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                                        Prateik
                                        Nov 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm
                                        Bangladesh Govt have asked for Zakir Naik's extradition. Not others.
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                                          Prateik
                                          Nov 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm
                                          May Allah give you some sense. Mulla Zakir has spoiled you.
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                                            Prateik
                                            Nov 1, 2016 at 1:31 pm
                                            Promoting terrorism.
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