Fifteen Ministry of Home Affairs’ joint secretaries met Rajnath Singh on Tuesday and appealed him to review the suspension order against IAS officer G K Dwivedi in the Zakir Naik NGO case, ‘The Times of India’ has reported.
The senior bureaucrat is facing action over renewing the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act licence of controversial televangelist Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation’s (IRF) to receive foreign funds. The officers, belonging to both the IAS and IPS, sought Home Minister Singh’s intervention to revoke Dwivedi’s suspension, saying his juniors were responsible for the clearance to the IRF.
“It is demoralising for honest officers. I feel injustice has been done to Mr Dwivedi. We have conveyed our feelings,” Joint Secretary (Police-I) one of the four officers in the Home Ministry Kumar Alok, told PTI.
Dwivedi also separately met the Home Minister to plead his case. But according to India Today”, the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) said that a final decision has been taken to shunt him out.
Zakir Naik and his NGO IRF are under the scanner for alleged incitement of jihadi terror and religious conversions.