Govt decides to declare Zakir Naik’s NGO as outlawed body for 5 years

Earlier this month, Naik's NGO was put under prior permission category, thus preventing it from receiving foreign funds.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2016 8:43 pm
zakir naik, zakir naik case, zakir naik ngo, islamic research foundation, irf, zakir naik irf, zakir case fcra, zakir naik irf case, india news, indian express news The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) was founded by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. (File Photo)

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday decided to declare Islamic Research Foundation floated by preacher Zakir Naik an outlawed organisation under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and banned it for five years for alleged terror activities. The decision has been taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Cabinet approved a proposal to declare Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) as an ‘unlawful association’ under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for five years, a Home Ministry official said.

A formal notification will be issued by the Home Ministry soon. The move comes after investigation by the Home Ministry found the NGO was allegedly having dubious links with Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, accused of propagating terrorism, the official said.

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Earlier this month, Naik’s NGO was put under prior permission category, thus preventing it from receiving foreign funds without getting nod from the central government. In a gazette notification, the Home Ministry had said that on the basis of records available and reports received from intelligence agencies, it found that the IRF Education Trust has violated various provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) 2010.

“Now, therefore, the central government in exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 11 of the FCRA 2010, hereby specifies that the IRF Education Trust shall obtain prior permission of the central government on each occasion before accepting any foreign contribution in accordance with the provisions of section 12 of the Act and rules made thereunder,” the notification had said.

(With PTI inputs)

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    indian
    Nov 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm
    Alright Pseudo Seculars - now your turn to complain
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      IML sood
      Nov 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm
      Where are now anti national sympathisers of Zakir, their comments are eagerly awaited.
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        Chetan More
        Nov 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm
        such organizations including sanatan sanstha should be banned because they all mislead the society and drive mes in to mental slavery.
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          Indian
          Nov 15, 2016 at 11:33 pm
          If you read between the lines of his speeches he does not except non Muslim religions and portray Islam as superior religion just like the white supremacy do. Basically he is just racist with smile on his face.
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            lafanga
            Nov 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm
            So no evidence of any terror links. No evidence of anything else as all of Dr Naik lectures are available publicly. Just hearsay and tablid news reports and they ban the org. Another example of crackdown on Muslims in India. Secular my foot.
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