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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First Published on: November 16, 2016 3:22 am
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    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.....
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      faixal k
      Jan 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm
      shame moodi shame!
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        TiredofHatred
        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.
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          Indian
          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..
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            Love
            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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              Adil
              Nov 16, 2016 at 3:07 am
              Why is the government after him, he is a peaceful preacher, this is a lie against him, he has always been against terrorism, really pathetic fascist government we are currently living under. Without any proof how can the government ban.
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                Indian
                Nov 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm
                He must be checked long back. Given enough time.
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                  Anant Gupta
                  Nov 16, 2016 at 2:11 am
                  Can someone explain why Malaysia has banned him ( which is also a muslim nation )?lt;br/gt;Please understand that Dhaka had a terror attack invited by himlt;br/gt;Govts move should be hailedlt;br/gt;I don't think he is welcomed in Iran too
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                    anas
                    Nov 16, 2016 at 6:14 am
                    @Suresh ...Zakir Nair is a Vegetarian I am not a fan of Zakir Naik.But i think there are a lot of people more poisonous than zakir naik.will be happy to know what s your stand on those people.those people also have vedic knowledge..
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                      Amatullah
                      Nov 16, 2016 at 4:36 am
                      Because mister he went to south africe for 1 year!!! He already told that in news!! half-minded people!!
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                        Amatullah
                        Nov 16, 2016 at 4:40 am
                        Then you quote some vedic scriptures in his place, can you?? Your own people don’t follow vedas. 99% of your present Hinduism is AGAINST vedas. ONLY the brahmins of this country know vedas, that too they don’t follow. Your people don’t even UNDERSTAND , leave alone following. Zakir Naik has done research, speaks better Sanskrit than ur brahmins. And proves through vedas. Watch his video-similarities between Hinduism and islam. HE will blow up your present Hinduism with your own vedas.!
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                          Anwar Masih
                          Nov 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm
                          Disgraceful act done by the Center Government among the Muslim Community and big loss for the entire Humanity, while putting on hold Five Years banned to IRF, which run by Dr. Zakir Naik (advocate for Islam) to entire Humanity. Approaching with the message of peace to the alive-hearts via satellite PEACE TV channel.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If the message of PEACE will punish then EVIL will welcome and follow the crimes will be legalized for all the good and bad people in the society.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Thanks and best regardslt;br/gt;Anwar Masih Uddin
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                            Nazeer Rahman
                            Nov 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm
                            The Ban is not right, Zakir Naik is a world renowned preacher of islamic studies, This is the mission acompalished moment for RSS/BJP. RSS who openly talks about terrorism and killing muslims are a social organization. IRF Islamic Research Foundation which only talks about comparative religion is banned. What an irony, this government wants to make this great nation a Hindustan instead of India. I am still proud of Zakir Naik and I support him.
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                              Ashutosh
                              Nov 16, 2016 at 1:20 am
                              phasi ki saja de deni thi, aise logo ka muh band karke kya hoga,lt;br/gt;ye hindu , muslim sabko mar dalenge . is jaise pagal log, snake ki tarah hote hai, inko milk pilayenge, to ye india ko palat ke katenge,
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                                Ashutosh
                                Nov 16, 2016 at 1:20 am
                                phasi ki saja de deni thi, aise logo ka muh band karke kya hoga,lt;br/gt;ye hindu , muslim sabko mar dalenge . is jaise pagal log, snake ki tarah hote hai, inko milk pilayenge, to ye india ko palat ke katenge, ,
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                                  saivivek
                                  Nov 16, 2016 at 2:44 am
                                  My friend really mr. Naik never say direct he dont promote violence but over all if ur a regular viewer of his show u can feel it. If he is smart he need to talk abt muslim only. But why should he say other religion is not human their soul dont get peace. My friend first try to get peace where u live not try to get peace after u die. Our universe is in need of peace. No one see god anytime but we all are under a control of superpower. Nothing is in our hand so try to stay within love and respect. I like the way he talk but i dont like what he talk. He is a scholar but he use his power in wrong way. Really he have great support but he mis use that. No one in this world have given right to him to talk abt his religion. What my father taught to me is the god for me who is he to change that.
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                                    Logeswaran K
                                    Nov 16, 2016 at 7:46 am
                                    This organization is a terrorist organization and Zakir Naik is anti national guy. These people are doing business in the name of religion. This organization should be banned for ever, not just for 5 years. Even Malaysia, being a Muslim majority nation banned his speeches, because he will even corrupt those people and make them as terrorist.
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                                      john
                                      Nov 16, 2016 at 9:01 am
                                      and what about other organisations like sanathan etc lt;br/gt;caught with arms and evidence ???
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                                        Channa Bandara
                                        Nov 17, 2016 at 6:35 am
                                        Zakir Naik’s IRF banned for five years under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act
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                                          Deepak Hegde
                                          Nov 16, 2016 at 3:13 am
                                          Such vermin should be banned for life
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                                            iftiindian
                                            Nov 16, 2016 at 4:41 am
                                            In India sanghi and it's tentacles like VHP, Bajrang Dal, Hindu sena Hindu Mahasabha and so many others terrorist group can survive because these groups florishes on government support.
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