The Center on Monday extended by five years the ban imposed on Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) led by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Naik is currently residing in Malaysia. IRF was first declared an unlawful organization by the Central Government on 17 November 2016 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967). In a notification, the Union Home Ministry said that the IRF is involved in activities which are detrimental to the security of the country and which have the potential to disturb the peace and communal harmony and disturb the secular fabric of the country.
The Home Ministry said that the statements and speeches made by Naik are objectionable and subversive and through them he is promoting enmity and hatred between religious groups. Naik has been inciting youth of a particular religion to commit terrorist acts in India and abroad. The ministry said that Naik has been sending radical statements and messages to millions of people across the world through international satellite TV networks, internet, print and social media. give speeches. The Home Ministry said that keeping all these aspects in mind, it has decided to extend the ban imposed on IRF under UAPA for another five years.
Searches were done at 10 locations against Zakir Naik
Zakir Abdul Karim Naik is an Indian Islamic preacher. Naik is a well-known non-Arabic scholar and speaker who specializes in Islam and other religions such as Sanatan Dharma, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, and other religions. He is a member of Islamic Research Foundation and Peace TV Network, the world’s largest religious channel network. is the founder and chairman of. His Peace TV is broadcast in many countries.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at 10 IRF locations in Mumbai after registering a case against the banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) founder Zakir Naik and others under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to harmony) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) last night by the Mumbai branch of the NIA. The search was started with the help of the local police after registering a case under various sections of the IPC.
The NIA’s action came days after the Union Cabinet declared the IRF as a banned organization under the UAPA. The IRF came under the scanner of various security agencies after one of the terrorists involved in the Dhaka cafe attack had allegedly written on social media that they were influenced by Naik’s speeches.
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