Lucknow, Jan 13: Uttar Pradesh Education Department on Saturday issued a show cause notice to a school in Aligarh for portraying controversial preacher and televangelist Zakir Naik as “an important Islamic personality” in a book published by it. The department, ordering an inquiry, said the necessary action will be taken against the school after three-member panel submits its report.

Islamic Mission School in Masud Nagar of Aligarh, in its book, showed Zakir Naik as important Islamic personality. Naik came in news after terrorists accused of an attack in Dhaka accepted that they were inspired by his speeches. National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2017 registered a case against him under Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Confirming the order, Bal Shiksha Adhikari Dhirendra Kumar Yadav said a three-member committee has been asked to submit its report in a week. “The school, which has students from class I to VIII, is recognised by the state government. The medium of instruction is English. The school published this book on its own,” The Times of India report quoted Yadav as saying.

However, the school administration denied that the book contains a separate chapter on Naik.  Kaunain Kausar, manager of the school, added that school published the book in 2015 when there was no case registered against him. It added that some unsocial elements were trying to tarnish the image of the school.