Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has termed the five-year ban on Islamic Research Foundation as the attack on “Muslims, peace, democracy and justice”. In an open letter today he said that the ban on his organisation was timed with the demonetisation step in order to divert media attention.
Recently, the centre had banned the IRF and declared it as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for five years. In the letter, the 51-year-old said he will look for all legal options to get the ban cancelled and added that that the judiciary will fail NDA Government in its ‘plans’.
The preacher has been booked under section 153-A of IPC apart from various sections of UAPA. Before any probe was done were done, even before reports submitted, the IRF was already banned, Zakir Naik further wrote in the letter.
Whether it was owing to my religion or some other reason, does not matter. What now matters is that my work of 25 years –completely lawful work – has been banned. And that is the most unfortunate thing for this country,” Naik said in his letter.
He also said that from the government’s point of view, the timing could not have been better. The decision to ban IRF was taken in midst of ongoing demonetisation fiasco in the country, as it reeled under cash crunch.
In the letter Zakir Naik further wrote that won’t be surprised if this ban was meant to shift the attention of media from what was going on in the country, he said.