Govt mulls terror charges against Zakir Naik

Authorities have also decided to apply the UAPA to ban his NGO Islamic Research Foundation on grounds of spreading communal hatred through public speeches, activities and "forced conversions"
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The Central Government is mulling to slap terrorism charges against controversial Islamic preacher televangelist Zakir Naik for motivating over 50 people accused in terrorism-related cases. The government is also seeking to ban his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), ‘The Times of India’ has reported.

The report, while quoting government sources, said a two-pronged action plan against Naik, a popular Islamic missionary who has been accused of being the “inspiration” behind the Dhaka restaurant attack in July, has been worked out on the basis of scrutiny of his speeches.

The authorities have also decided to apply the UAPA to ban IRF on grounds of spreading hatred between religious communities through public speeches, activities and “forced conversions” by its members, the report added.

A Mumbai Police report indicting controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for alleged provocative speeches and involvement in unlawful activities has been forwarded to the Centre.

The report was also submitted to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio, earlier this month.