Televangelist Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), may be banned in India, who is accused of inspiring terrorists and has conveyed the same to the government. This is what the law ministry has told the Indian government.
The government had drafted a list of FIRs filed against Naik for alleged hate speeches and the law ministry took them into consideration to decide if his organisation could be banned.
The ministry has said that IRF could be termed ‘unlawful’ under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The ban, which lasts for five years in such cases, would prohibit anyone from being a member of the trust or hold meetings or collect funds in its name.
Officials feel they have a strong case against Naik and if his organisation is banned by the government then he would no longer be able to hold any meeting or raise funds under its name.
Naik’s advocate has cried foul over the report and said that the government does not have any proof against the preacher and cannot prove that he inspired any terrorist or promoted terrorism.
The preacher came to spotlight after it emerged that two of the five Bangladeshi militants who hacked to death 20 people at a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone in July this year used to follow Naik.