Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik will not be booked as there is not enough evidence against him or his NGO Islamic Research Foundation, the Union Law Ministry has reportedly told the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“We have been advised to analyse a larger number of speeches delivered by Naik to arrive at a clearer picture of whether he is liable for any action. While several of his speeches have already been analysed, we will now have to go through as many of his speeches as is possible – not all his speeches might be easily available,” a source in the MHA revealed to ‘Indian Express’.
The move comes after Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar gave a legal opinion to the MHA saying the government needs to build a stronger case against Naik.
According to DNA, an official purportedly refuted the recent reports that suggested that the Centre was contemplating booking Naik under anti-terror laws. The newspaper report said the ministry official has held that they do not have the sort of proof against the preacher that is required for such an action.
Security agencies had earlier drawn up a list of 55 terror accused, arrested from across the country over the past decade, who have claimed to be influenced by the televangelist, or have watched Naik’s speeches.