Delhi High Court Dismisses Plea Challenging Ban On Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation

The Delhi High Court held that the Centre’s decision to ban Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation was taken to safeguard national security as it dismissed its plea challenging the ban. Holding that Naik’s foundation’s plea challenging the Centre’s decision has “no merit”, the court said the order of the government was “not arbitrary and illegal”. The court also agreed with the government contention that the order was made after “application of mind” as there was apprehension that youths could be “radicalised” to join terror groups. It said that the government has produced material before it to back its decision to immediately impose the ban on the organisation. IRF, in its plea, had challenged the November 17, 2016, notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs which had imposed an immediate ban on the organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

[jwplayer qyZXcmlc-xe0BVfqu] The Delhi High Court held that the Centre’s decision to ban Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation was taken to safeguard national security as it dismissed its plea challenging the ban. Holding that Naik’s foundation’s plea challenging the Centre’s decision has “no merit”, the court said the order of the government was “not arbitrary and illegal”. The court also agreed with the government contention that the order was made after “application of mind” as there was apprehension that youths could be “radicalised” to join terror groups. It said that the government has produced material before it to back its decision to immediately impose the ban on the organisation. IRF, in its plea, had challenged the November 17, 2016, notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs which had imposed an immediate ban on the organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.