Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Friday filed a Rs 500 crore defamation suit against Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami for running a “hate campaign” and “media trial” against him.
Zakir Naik, who is at present in Saudi Arabia, has sent a notice through his lawyer Mubin Solkar, reported media. He had also accused Goswami of hurting “religious sentiments” and “promoting disharmony and feelings of hatred, enmity and ill-will between different religious groups”.
This Mumbai based preacher is currently facing investigations by agencies for allegedly inspiring various terrorist attacks including the recent Dhaka attack that left 22 people dead. One of the attackers revealed police that he was inspired by Zakir’ Naiks speeches and preaching’s on Islam.
The governments of India and Bangladesh had subsequently banned Zakir’s Peace TV from being broadcasted. Ever since the accusation had been made against him, Naik had not returned to India and addressed the Indian media only through video.
The doctor – turned – preacher spoke via Skype after the Nice attack. He told reporters that it was wrong to kill innocent people, but it is allowed in Islam as a war tactic. If approached by Indian authorities, he agreed to cooperate with them, he added in his video.
We are bringing you a few of the Twitter reactions @#ZakirSuesArnab
Arnab Goswami – The nation now knows!#ZakirSuesArnab
— Inayat kazi (@InayatKazi) July 30, 2016
Your hypocrisy is even getting exposed by those who work in the same industry #ZakirSuesArnab
— Zaid Shakil (@zaidshakilz) July 29, 2016
No Journalist should ever dare to become Judiciary & engage in passing judgement. It is a lesson 4 every Pseudo-journalist. #ZakirSuesArnab
— Ather Khan (@athermkhan) July 29, 2016
— Ashraf Mohamedy (@ashrafmohamedy) July 29, 2016
May Allah helps zakir naik to fight for his rights..
Zakir slams Arnab and Times Now for running hate campagin..#ZakirSuesArnab
— Mohammad Shariff (@Shariff4k) July 29, 2016