Centre bans Zakir Naik’s NGO, calls it ‘unlawful’

The move comes after investigation by the Home Ministry found the NGO was allegedly having dubious links with Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, accused of propagating terrorism.

November 15, 2016 09:02 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 06:20 am IST - New Delhi

Zakir Naik is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. File Photo

Zakir Naik is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. File Photo

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave a go-ahead to declare the NGO run by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik as an “unlawful association” which disturbed social and communal harmony and placed it under a ban for five years with immediate effect.

Banning any organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) requires an approval by the Cabinet, and a Gazette notification will follow soon.

The NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), was declared an “unlawful association” under the UAPA primarily on the basis of four key points: criminal cases against Dr. Naik, provocative speeches by the preacher, the NGO’s dubious relationship with the banned Peace TV and transfer of NGO’s money to Peace TV.

“We relied on investigations done by Maharashtra Police and intelligence agencies. He has made many provocative speeches and propagated terror across the country,” said a senior home ministry official.

A Tribunal will be set up where Dr. Naik could challenge the ban on his NGO.

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