After tribunal upholds Centre’s ban on Zakir Naik’s IRF, NIA wants red corner notice against cleric

A special tribunal on Thursday upheld the Central government imposed ban on cleric Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation.

Mumbai civic body, Mumbai, Islamic International School, Zakir Naik, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Abu Asim Azmi, Samajwadi Party, 
Besides the IRF, Naik is also the founding trustee of the IRF Educational Trust and the Islamic Dimensions Trust.(Reuters)

A special tribunal on Thursday upheld the Central government imposed ban on cleric Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation. According to the Indian Express, the special tribunal said that Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation had been involved in various activities that threatened sovereignty, unity, integrity and security of India. Earlier in November, the central government had outlawed Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation for a period of 5 years under the anti-terror law in the Constitution of India. The decision to ban the Islamic Research Foundation had been taken after a Union Cabinet meeting, which had been presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. Meanwhile, ANI reported that the NIA has written to the Interpol and the CBI for issuing a red corner notice against Zakir Naik.

One of the Home Ministry officials had told the Indian Express that the Union cabinet had approved the proposal to declare the Islamic Research Foundation as an ‘unlawful association’. The cabinet had done so under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for 5 years. The Home Ministry had found that preacher Zakir Naik, who headed the Islamic Research Foundation had allegedly addressed many provocative speeches and had engaged himself in terrorist propagandas.

The Maharashtra Police had also been reported to have registered criminal cases gainst Zakir Naik. Naik had been allegedly involved in radicalising youths and tempting them to join terrorist activities, the Indian Express reported. The cabinet officials, according to IE, had claimed that Zakir Naik had transferred funds to the Peace TV for the creation of objectionable programmes, most of which had been made in India and had alleged hate speeches delivered by Naik. The official had claimed that Naik had urged all Muslims to become terrorists. Naik had come under the scanner of the police and the government after Bangladesh Newspaper had reported Rohan Imtiaz, one of the propagators of the July 1 Dhaka terror attack used to quote Naik.

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