Use of more than Rs 60 crores, received as donations by the Islamic Research Foundation for the conversion if non-Muslims to Muslims was among one of the reasons cited by the Union Home Ministry’s notification to ban the Zakir Naik owned organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for 5 years, Indian Express reported. According to the report, the Delhi High Court tribunal’s in-camera proceedings were recently made available for the public to witness, listed the investigations conducted by the National Investigation Agency where the NIA had claimed to have found 78 affidavits directly related to the religious conversion of non-Muslims.
Namrata Patil, SP of the NIA, Mumbai told Indian Express, “Many of the conversion documents relate to the persons who were later found to have migrated to Afghanistan to join terrorist organisation ISIS…” Zakir Naik’s IRF had been banned by the Ministry of Home Affairs under the UAPA for a period of 5 years and the tribunal very recently upheld the ban. The Delhi High Court Tribunal, which relied on the testimonies of the police officers had ruled that “the activities of IRF not only incite and encourage the youth to undertake the unlawful activities with an intent to threaten sovereignty, unity, integrity and security of Indian but also causes disaffection against India…”, Indian Express reported.
The tribunal had also cross-examined the officials of the Home Ministry, the Mumbai police officers and had played the speeches that Naik had given, such as, “‘Every Muslim should be a Terrorist”; something that had been aired by one of the perpetrators of the Bangladesh terror attack in 2016. The tribunal noted, “Dr Zakir Naik while defending Osama bin Laden, referred to George Bush, the then US President as a terrorist and stated — ‘As far as Osama bin Laden is concerned… I cannot base my answer just on the news reports. But one thing I can say for sure he is called on CNN Prime suspect number one… no proofs… As far as my knowledge, he is not the terrorist at all… Some of the people said that George Bush himself did it… Number one terrorist is George Bush’.”