New Delhi, Aug 31: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) are likely to face ban in India. The government is planning to ban Zakir Naik’s NGO IRF under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). However the government officials digging into accounts of IRF could not find any anomaly barring one. IRF was served a notice by the MHA on August 8 for allegedly violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Also Read - Chhota Shakeel, Brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed Among 18 'Designated Terrorists' by MHA Under UAPA | Full List Here
“He has been particular about filing all FCRA returns in a proper format and prima facie all the foreign funds have been accounted for. There is only one particular donation received from Dubai, around Rs. 93 lakh in 2014 that has not been accounted for, the enquiry is yet to be completed,” an official in the North Block was quoted as saying by the Hindu. However the spokesperson of the IRF Arif Malik refuted the charges and said that all the foreign funds have been accounted for. Malik said that Home Ministry officials had checked each and every accounts and donations of the IRF in 2014, the same time when the registration of 10,000 NGOs were cancelled en masse for various violations. (ALSO READ: Zakir Naik issues defamation notice to Times Now seeking Rs 500 crores as compensation) Also Read - Delhi Riots Case: 15 People Named in 17,500-Page Chargesheet Filed By Delhi Police
“The Home Ministry officials had parked themselves in the office of IRF for 3-4 weeks and went through each and every book of account. They did not find any violation then, so what suddenly changed in one-and-a-half years? All the foreign funds have been accounted for,” Malik said. Also Read - Former JNU Student Umar Khalid Sent to 10 Days Police Custody Over Northeast Delhi Riots
Meanwhile, Solicitor -General Ranjit Kumar, in his report submitted to the Centre, advised the Ministry of Home Affairs to ban Zakir Naik and book IRF under terrorism charges. Solicitor -General Ranjit Kumar, who was asked to submit his opinion by the Ministry of Home Affairs over Zakir Naik’s speeches across the country, concluded that the Islamic preacher should be banned and his NGO should be declared an unlawful organisation.
The Solicitor -General found Zakir Naik’s speeches and ideology divisive, and against India’s pluralistic, secular and social fabric. The Solicitor -General advised the government to make a case of hate speech against Zakir Naik as his speeches inspired and incited terrorists and could radicalise young minds. He also stated that Naik’s statements constitute incitement and his speeches promote enmity and hatred between religious groups.
Zakir Naik a self-styled religious leader is banned in UK and Canada for his hate speeches aimed against other religions. His name cropped up in terrorism case after two of the Dhaka attackers had claimed that they were inspired by Zakir Naik who is largely popular in Bangladesh. Two of Zakir Naik aides Arshi Qureshi, a guest relation manager from IRF and Rizwan Khan were also arrested by Kerala police officials for forcefully converting a couple to Islam. Naik, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, is under the scanner of state and central agencies for his alleged incendiary speeches.