An NGO promoted by Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik will soon be banned under the anti-terror law, with the Home Ministry preparing a draft cabinet note for it.
Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) will be declared an ‘unlawful association’ under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act after investigations by the Home Ministry found it to be allegedly having dubious links with Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, accused of propagating terrorism, an official source said.
According to the draft note, which is also based on the inputs from Maharashtra Police, Naik, who heads the IRF, has allegedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda.
Maharashtra Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities, a source said.
Naik is accused of transferring IRF’s foreign funds to Peace TV for making “objectionable” programmes. Indian government, according to PTI report, alleged that most of the programmes, which were made in India, contained alleged hate speeches of Naik, who had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists” through Peace TV.
Two educational trusts run by Naik have also come under the scanner of the Home Ministry and agencies are looking into their activities.
The draft note will soon be placed before the Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for its approval, sources said.
Naik, regarded as a scholar of eminence across the globe, is accused by the BJP government of radicalising youths into terror and receiving foreign funds and spending those to lure young people into terrorism.
He came under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik.
Daily Star, however, was quick to publish an apology for its misreporting.
Naik in a lecture, aired on Peace TV, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists” against injustice and criminals in society. In the same sentence he always maintained that killing an innocent is same as killing an entire humanity.