Noose around Zakir Naik: Govt constitutes probe teams, gears up for legal action

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s controversial comments on terrorism may create trouble for him, as the central government has toughened stand on him.

According to reports, nine teams from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and other probe agencies are scanning the Islamic preacher’s activities, besides scanning every footage of his speeches.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has reportedly constituted four teams to scan the video footages and CDs of Naik’s speeches and three teams are scanning social sites, while two teams are monitoring his Facebook posts.

Naik’s speeches have been found provocative, objectionable and so is his writing. Besides, his NGO’s operations have also been branded as suspicious.

It has also been found that the funds sent for his ‘charitable activities’ are being misused and the MHA is also examining his Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) funding clearance and irregularities.

Besides his phone calls and e-mails, the sponsors for his foreign trips and meeting are also under the scanner of the NIA.

Asserting that the Centre has taken cognizance of Naik’s controversial comments regarding terrorism, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that a proper probe would be conducted into the matter.

He told the media, “We have taken cognizance of Zakir Naik’s speeches and necessary instructions have been issued in this regard. His (Zakir Naik) speeches, CDs are being examined and whatever is justified will be done.”

He added that the government would not compromise on the grave issue of terrorism at any cost.

According to a Bangladesh newspaper, militant Rohan Imtiaz, the son of an Awami League leader and one of the perpetrators of Dhaka’s diplomatic zone terror attack, quoted the controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik as urging all Muslims during his lecture on Peace TV to become terrorists.

Naik, founder of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speeches. He is among the 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.

Sources say that Naik may be banned soon and the Centre has sought fresh legal opinion regarding the controversial preacher.

(With Agency Inputs)

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