IRF was banned amid demonetisation to divert media attention: Zakir Naik

The BJP-led Central government had recently banned the IRF and declared it as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for a period of five years.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2016 8:42 pm
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Controversial Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik on Friday wrote an open letter to Indians called ‘Facing the foregone conclusion’, where he accused the Government of India for planning the ban on Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) months in advance and termed it a ‘communal decision’. He said the five-year ban on IRF was an attack on “Muslims, peace, democracy and justice,” while alleging that the ban was timed with the “demonetisation fiasco” to avert resistance and divert media attention.

The BJP-led Central government had recently banned the IRF and declared it as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for a period of five years. In the open letter, 51-year-old Naik, has said he will pursue all legal options to get the ban repealed and that the judiciary will fail the Modi government in its ‘plans’.

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The letter further reads, “Now that they’ve banned me without asking me a single question, I have no choice left but to answer them only through the legal system and not personally. Their agenda is open and clear: implicate me by hook or by crook, which I will fight.”

He questioned the government’s timing of the ban saying that he won’t be surprised if this ban was meant to distract media from what was going on in the country. “From the government’s point of view, the timing itself could not have been better. The decision to ban IRF was taken in the middle of the demonetization fiasco, as the country reeled under the self- imposed cash crunch. I won’t be surprised if this ban was meant to distract media from what was going on in the country. For the public that is starved for cash, for trade and basic amenities, one cannot expect much of resistance. Flawless timing really.”

Naik blamed the government for overlooking certain facts and basing their judgment after watching doctored clips. He also accused the government for investigating only select organisations, such as the IRF, and leaving out others such as Yogi Adityanath and Sadhvi Prachi, among others for their inflammatory statements. “The law does not seem to apply to the likes of Rajeshwar Singh, Yogi Adityanath and Sadhvi Prachi who continue to make inflammatory speeches aimed at inciting communal hatred for mere political mileage. Don’t such statements and many more by fanaticslike Sadhvi Prachi and Yogi Adityanath require them to be arrested and tried under UAPA? Leave aside legal action, the government has neither condemned their actions nor reprimanded them. Is this draconian law mainly meant for Muslims?” he asked.

“Let us not be gullible to think this was just an attack on me. It is an attack on whom I represent, the Indian
Muslims. It is an attack on peace, democracy and justice. I will pursue all legal options to repeal this ban,” the IRF
founder said.

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    Ikok
    Nov 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm
    Zakir Naik is now in tolerable by the Radicals of India..All those blaming and pointing fingers at him are radicalized hindues..
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      indian
      Nov 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm
      Welcome to secular india....
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        GandhiSpeaks
        Nov 25, 2016 at 4:16 pm
        Some muslims think they are always innocent and always play the victim card. Like stan, a fundamental Islamic country supporting terrorism but always plays a victim card. Like the stan army keeps begging money to fight terrorism( actually promotes), Zakir Naik is the same. It is about making money by fooling people.
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          Vedic_Citizen
          Nov 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm
          Just for distecting Muhammad a Christian professors hand was chopped off as Quran commands. Quran (33:61) - , those whobinsults Muhsmmad or islam will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Zakir can insult other religions , if other way around, it is blasphemy !!
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            Unz
            Nov 26, 2016 at 8:05 am
            Sad day for India.
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              abdul hamid
              Nov 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm
              If 1 ZAKIR NAIK is banned ALLAH will produce 1000 like him just wait and watch there is no dearth of scholars in ALLAH'S religion of peace.
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                Aziz
                Nov 25, 2016 at 1:18 pm
                Its injustice and crooked. Govt. got misguided and did in hurry.Satisfying the zealots who supported this govt. on condition. V hv to strenghten India by encouraging inclusive politics and not that of hatred n hidden ideologies. Dr.Zakir Naik was always open in his action and invited people who disagree, fr debates .Though I disagreed withsome of his ways of replying with harsh words. Overall UNFORTUNATE and a divisive politics.Still Hope gud sense prevails.
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                  arun dass
                  Nov 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm
                  this notorious criminal Zakir Naik should not be allowed into India
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                    arun
                    Nov 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm
                    Who's this terrorist??. Why does media pay heed to him... Never mind..
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                      IML sood
                      Nov 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm
                      Even such anti national is being enough space and publicity,strange are the ways of these media houses.
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                        IML sood
                        Nov 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm
                        He speaks as if he has become God father of the community by anti national acts. A heap of shame for him to call him an Indian while he tried to play with counters honour and indulged in anti national activities.Who cares for him except some brainwashed slaves and this country has potential to deal with such elements effectively,let us be clear to him. On the other hand why IE wants to give importance to such traitor?
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                          An Indian
                          Nov 25, 2016 at 12:05 pm
                          The govt acted silly by banning his organisation without any credible reason. His speeches and debates have been in public space for quite a while. Though I do not agree to many of his views, i personally don't see it inciting any form of violence, let alone disrupting communal harmony, and in fact i felt it enlightens people with the commonality between many religions. His method has been public debates and he is a scholar of comparative religion. In a democratic set up, countering his view should have been through a debate...Hope he gets justice from the court in his legal battle which seems to be the last resort for the ordinary people of this country.
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                            khaja
                            Nov 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm
                            Well said Dr., God has given the authority with just 30% votes and these have gone crazy, as if they got 100% public support. Indeed their evil plans will soon be addressed by the Creator, their place will be shown as early as possible.
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                              meriawaazsunoa
                              Nov 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                              this is totally a biased decision to hurt the minorities , as he said they were planning this ban from several months,,, they just need one silly pretext to do it ,,,, keeping aside the hatred coming in from VHP / RSS leaders and other hindu organisations..lt;br/gt;this is bad decision by bjp ,,,,they dont want any political party or organisation to come UP ,,they want to stop the muslims growth.... utimately it is all indians going to suffer,,, no political party can survive with out the secular minds in mult-cultural multi-religions state..,,,
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                                qamer
                                Nov 25, 2016 at 10:30 pm
                                In shaa Allah u will get justice...wn truth is hurled against falsehood,falsehood is bound to perish..as Allah SWT mentioned..we all r praying fr DE ban to get lifted by Allah's grace...Aameen to all duas..
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                                  Shoiab
                                  Nov 26, 2016 at 7:28 am
                                  qqqq
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                                    Maya
                                    Nov 25, 2016 at 11:10 am
                                    This criminal jihadi man thinks that this is stan where state sponsored non state actors and jihadis roam around freely given international statements and organising rallies. Let him say what he wants. The media should just ignore and not give space to such criminals who take democracy for a ride , reap the benefits of democracy and still follow sharia. If the media is so concerned about what all rich and notorious criminals say and think, they should visit Tihar jail and write and write articles on criminals ' view point of life. Why choose one criminal over the other?
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                                      CongressMuktIndia
                                      Nov 25, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                                      there is nothing like this ... you do know that the same govt that you are talking about gives subsidy to Hajj pilgrims so that they can travel at subsidies rates. lt;br/gt;There is no discrimination, we are all Indians at the end of the day. Any government that comes to power is bound by the Secularism mentioned in the Consution
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                                        Vishal Srivastav
                                        Nov 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm
                                        That is what these people are capable of. Whatever you do with them, they bring it down to the level of religion and hide behind it. Listen to his speeches, he is a person who can't stand anyone else's religion. Who has given him the right to look down upon others' religions? And if he is not wrong, why is he still absconding? Why not return to India and defend yourself in the court of law? I must say the only followers he has are the people who are illiterate, ignorant, cruel and blind in the name of faith. He knows how to play the religion card.
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                                          Rici
                                          Nov 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm
                                          Demonetization step is taken not for prevention of corruption but for Banning the innocent, peace loving and secular terrorist organization called IRF.
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                                            Rici
                                            Nov 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm
                                            Demonetization step is taken not for prevention of corruption but for Banning the innocent, peace loving and secular terrorist organization called IRF...
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