Maharashtra government orders probe against Zakir Naik

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday directed Mumbai Police Commissioner to investigate and submit a report on controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2016 9:38 pm
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday directed Mumbai Police Commissioner to investigate and submit a report on controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

“I have asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to conduct a probe (into Naik’s speeches) and submit a report,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.

Everything, including Naik’s speeches, his social media accounts, sources of funding (of a foundation run by him in Mumbai) will be scrutinised, said Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio.

The direction comes amid reports that one of the terrorists who attacked an upmarket restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital a few days ago, killing 22 people, was inspired by sermons of the 50-year-old Mumbai-based Islamic scholar.

 

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Naik has denied propagating terrorism in any way.

“I totally disagree (with suggestion) that I inspired this act of killing innocent people. There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged anyone to kill another persons – Muslim or non-Muslim,” said Naik, who has been banned in a few countries.

Earlier in the day, calling Zakir Naik’s speeches “highly objectionable”, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the Home Ministry will take appropriate action after studying them.

“The Home Ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them. His speeches, as being reported in the media, are highly objectionable,”Naidu told reporters.

Naidu’s remarks came a day after Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju hinted at action against the preacher, whose speeches are believed to have inspired one of the five Bangladeshi terrorists, who killed 22 people at a restaurant in Dhaka.

“Zakir Naik’s speech is a matter of concern for us. Our agencies are working on this. But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken,” he had said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    IslamForFooools
    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:11 pm
    Kil him, someone can sacrifice their life for non Muslim community. Do it I say.
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      IslamForFooools
      Jul 7, 2016 at 11:11 pm
      Those who wants to commit suicide can do job of finishing this terrorist. Anyways the person committing suicide has no problem with his life right?
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        IML sood
        Jul 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm
        No doubt Indian but fake,people have to be on guard from such hidden snakes who will fake their ideny,their action and even change words just to confuse others to protect their real self.Do we not see how anti national are commenting with fake Indian names and this culprit Naik is also changing his tunes when reality is being exposed.Nothing to worry as intelligence agencies will dig out all such hidden shaken and dealt with them ruthlessly in near future.
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          Ajit. Dowal.ji
          Jul 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm
          Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....Pig....pig....pig....BRAHMIN PIG
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            Ajit. Dowal.ji
            Jul 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm
            Fadnavis is a member of Brahmin RSS terrorists. So it is between brahmins and Muslims, NOT Hindus and Muslims!
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              Ordinary Indian
              Jul 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm
              This guy is denied entey into UK. This guy is also not welcome in Canada. Even Malaysia. But lives and thrives on Indian soil. Still India is intolerant? He insults 'other' religions daily in open and social forums. Still India intolerant?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Will the award waapsi brigades take a kind note? Or they are ingenuine and are italian sandal lovers? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hindus are insulted everyday. Movies make fun of hindus. Their shlokas. Alway villianize hindu religious characters. And still Hindus intolerant?
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                Krishna Reddy
                Jul 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm
                FAKE ID PIG barking haa... frustrated haa.... keep on
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                  Krishna Reddy
                  Jul 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm
                  This multi faced and ugly PIG must be in jail this Islamic should be HANG ON STREETS Proud to be Hinud
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