Zakir Naik’s IRF banned for five years under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2016 9:19 am
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THE CENTRE on Tuesday outlawed Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the NGO promoted by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, after declaring it an “unlawful” organisation under an anti-terror law. The organisation has been outlawed by the Union Home Ministry for five years for activities allegedly related to terror. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Cabinet approved a proposal to declare IRF as an ‘unlawful association’ under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for five years, a Home Ministry official said. The ministry will soon issue a formal notification, it was informed.

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“Law enforcement agencies will maintain strict surveillance of the activities of all establishments of the Foundation,” a senior government official said.

The move comes after investigation by the Home Ministry found that the NGO allegedly had dubious links with Peace TV, an international Islamic channel accused of propagating terrorism, the official said. According to the Home Ministry, Naik, who heads 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, officials said. Naik is also alleged to have 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, officials claimed.

An educational trust run by Naik has already been prevented from receiving foreign funds and agencies are looking into their activities. He 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. Naik is popular in Bangladesh through his speeches beamed on Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects. The Mumbai-based preacher, who is abroad, has not returned to India ever since the controversy began.

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  1. Cool guy
    Mar 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm
    What an amzing thing Mr Moodi Did wawo can't believe.... Wawo this is the pure jalwa of criminal number one can kill ppl fo his job he wont bann Such a great persnlty becx he knows (modi) he is wrong and he have work under the RSS laws.... Also ban srk, aamir, and salman khan, ohhh even the rss ppl try kill the the Khans if the get the chance with help moodi the gonna do it soon but they konw without these three khans the will die becx of their films indians are alive.....
    1. faixal k
      Jan 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm
      shame moodi shame!
      1. T
        Nov 16, 2016 at 2:32 am
        Naik isn't responsible for what has happened in Dhaka. No where he gave the orders to anyone to commit acts of violence instead he urges Muslims to be on the path of non violence which has been mentioned in Quran and hadiths. This ban is nothing but the real FASCIST Anti Muslim act of this government. This Government happens to have MP's and MLA's who frequently spew their anti Muslim venom in their Hateful speeches and when that Happens our PM is silent just as he was Silent over Dadri. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This is a Pro Bhagwa Government they needed a lie to ban and Malign Zakir Naik when they give tickets to Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj so spare us from your ridiculous reasons for this ban. W world knows this is a pro Hindutva front which is doing its best suppress the voice of minorities.
        1. I
          Nov 16, 2016 at 3:33 am
          What else these people can do, who can't stand in arguments in front of Dr.Zakir Naik... Shame on them... Strongly condemn this biased decision..
          1. L
            Nov 16, 2016 at 11:08 am
            You report that he is banned in Malaysia, but i found that on 5 November 2013, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia conferred a Ma'al Hijrah Distinguished Personality award to Naik. In a ceremony at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, the award was presented by Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Malaysia's head of state.
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