Gag Zakir Naik: Solicitor General tells Centre
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar has advised the Ministry of Home Affairs to book controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik and his foundation Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) under anti-terrorism Acts, ‘Indian Express’ has reported.
According to reports, in a 16-page letter written by Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Kumar said that Zakir Naik should be booked under anti-terror law and that the government should gag him. The letter further added that Naik’s ideology is divisive and against India’s pluralistic, secular and social fabric.
Naik, a Mumbai-based televangelist has been under scanner of various state and central agencies after media reported that one of the attackers involved in the Dhaka terror strike had been influenced by the preacher. The investigative agencies are also looking at Naik for allegedly making incendiary speeches. Naik, however, has rejected charges that his sermons inspired terror activity, claiming that he never encouraged anyone to kill innocent people.
The Centre had sought Kumar’s legal opinion in the matter following reports Naik was consciously trying to divide religious groups and spread enmity among them.