Government of India impose 5 year ban on Zakir Naik’s NGO

Posted on:18 Nov 2016 09:24:49
Government of India impose 5 year ban on Zakir Naik’s NGO
18 November 2016 Current Affairs: Government has banned controversial preacher Zakir Naik's NGO 'Islamic Research Foundation' for five years terming it illegal. The ban has been enforced under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and was approved at a meeting of the Union Cabinet.

Top sources in the Home Ministry told India has there was a strong case based on inputs and material shared by Maharashtra government and the central intelligence agencies. Multiple agencies including state police, NIA and Intelligence Bureau (IB) in recent months scanned hours of tapes to look for evidence against Naik and his NGO.

There are FIRs against Naik and other IRF members under Section 153A and 153B of IPC in 2 police stations of Mumbai, 1 in Kerala and two in Sindhudurg.

Large money transfers have been detected from UK-based charity IRF International, run by Naik to Harmony Media.

As per the cabinet note proposing action against IRF, which incorporated legal opinion favouring a ban on the NGO for disturbing communal harmony and attempting forced conversions, Naik has been promoting enmity between religious groups and inspiring Muslim youth in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.

Naik has been 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.

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