With the Home Ministry initiating the process to cancel the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration of Islamic Research Foundation of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, the NGO is now set to be banned from receiving any foreign funds. Another NGO of Zakir Naik, IRF Education Trust, is on the verge of being in the prior permission notice, thereby allowing the government to keep track on the transactions and prevent it from being transferred without permission.
The governnment action came following charges against Naik for using the NGO funds to allegedly radicalise youths and instiicate them into terror activities. However, the FCRA registration of Zakir Naik’s IRF Education Trust was renewed in September, even after several charges of terror promotion on the Islamic preacher. The renewal lead to the suspension of a Joint Secretary and four other officials of the Home Ministry.
There are also possibilities of IRF being declared as a unlawfull association under the Unlawful Activities Prevention act , by the government. The Maharashtra police had earlier registered criminal charges on Zakir Naik, alleging him of bbeing involved with terror propaganda, and radicalissing youths by proactive, controversial speeches.
Zakir Naik came under the police watch after July 1 terror attack in Bangladesh as one of the atackers ran propaganda on Facebook, last year, quoting Naik. The Mumbai-based preacher is banned from Canada and US and is one among the 16 Islamic scholars banned in Malaysia. Naik earned fame for his Islamic preaching telecasted at his own TV channel, ‘Peace Tv’.