Zakir Naik row: 4 MHA officials suspended for renewing IRF licence
Four officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs were suspended on Thursday for alleged irregularities in facilitating the renewal of FCRA licence of the Islamic Research Centre (IRF), an NGO run by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is under the scanner of security agencies.
A Home Ministry official confirmed that the suspension of four MHA officials was in connection with the renewal of IRF’s FCRA registration.
“The four officials were suspended with immediate effect for their alleged role in the renewal of the FCRA licence of Naik’s NGO,” a Home Ministry official said.
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The scrutiny of IRF’s accounts by the Home Ministry did not reveal any violations of foreign funding norms, ‘India Today’ reported.
Earlier, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar had advised the government to book Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his IRF under anti-terror law. The SG said that Naik’s ideology was divisive and against the social fabric of India.