Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, orders Mumbai Police to probe Dr Zakir Nayek

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Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, on Thursday ordered Mumbai Police commissioner to probe into the Islamic scholar, Dr Zakir Nayek’s speeches.

“I have asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to conduct a probe (into Nayek’s speeches) and submit a report,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.

According to an Indian Express report, everything, including Nayek’s speeches, his social media accounts, sources of funding (of a foundation run by him in Mumbai) will be scrutinised, said Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio.

Elsewhere, PTI reported that the central government called Dr Naik’s speeches “highly objectionable” adding that the Home Ministry will take appropriate action after studying them.

“The Home Ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them. His speeches, as being reported in the media, are highly objectionable,” Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.

Naidu’s remarks came a day after Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju hinted at action against the preacher, whose speeches are believed to have inspired one of the five Bangladeshi terrorists, who killed 22 people at a restaurant in Dhaka.

“Zakir Nayek’s speech is a matter of concern for us. Our agencies are working on this. But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken,” he had said.

The decisions come days after it was reported that one of the terrorists, who attacked a restaurant in Dhaka killing 22 people, was inspired by Dr Nayek’s speeches.

The Islamic scholar denies allegations adding that he will hold a news conference after his return from Saudi Arabia next week.

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