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Zakir Naik NGO licence: Revoke officer’s suspension, MHA joint secretaries tell Rajnath Singh

Dwivedi, posted as Joint Secretary (Foreigners) in MHA, was suspended on Friday.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
September 7, 2016 12:30:05 am
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In an unprecedented move, all joint secretaries serving in the Ministry of Home Affairs met Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday and sought his intervention in revoking the suspension of their colleague, G K Dwivedi, after it emerged that FCRA registration of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the NGO run by controversial televangelist Zakir Naik, had been renewed on August 19 despite an ongoing probe.

Dwivedi, posted as Joint Secretary (Foreigners) in MHA, was suspended on Friday.

A joint secretary, who was part of the team, said, “All 15 of us met the Home Minister and conveyed our view that Dwivedi’s suspension was unfair, and it has had a demoralising effect on him and other officers. The Home Minister acknowledged our grievances and said he was aware of the issue and would look into the matter again.” Dwivedi met Singh separately Tuesday.

According to sources, the joint secretaries told the minister that Dwivedi should not have been suspended for lapses of junior officials. They questioned why a director in the FCRA wing, who was responsible for supervising the renewal of FCRA registration, had not been punished.

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