No more foreign funds to Zakir Naik’s NGO: Govt
Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s IRF Educational Trust has been put under prior permission category, thus preventing it from receiving foreign funds without getting nod from the central government.
Reportedly, Home Ministry said in a Gazette Notification that on the basis of records available and reports received from intelligence agencies, it has been found that the IRF Education Trust has violated various provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) 2010.
“Now, therefore, the central government in exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 11 of the FCRA 2010, hereby specifies that the IRF Education Trust shall obtain prior permission of the central government on each occasion before accepting any foreign contribution in accordance with the provisions of section 12 of the Act and rules made there under,” the notification said.
Reportedly, this move comes after different investigations found Naik to be “involved” in utilising funds meant for his NGOs for alleged radicalisation of youths and “inspiring” them into terror activities, official sources said told media agency.
It has also been reported that the Government is also in the process of cancellation of the FCRA registration of Islamic Research Foundation, another NGO promoted by Zakir Naik, and a final show cause notice to the organisation has already been issued.
It is to be noted here that the IRF’s registration under the FCRA was renewed in September inadvertently despite multiple probes against Naik, which then lead to suspension of a Joint Secretary and four other officials in the Home Ministry.
It has also been reported that the Government plans to declare IRF as an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and a nod from the Union Cabinet is awaited for it.
Reportedly, a draft note, which is based on the inputs from Maharashtra Police, says that Naik, who heads the IRF and IRF Educational Trust, has allegedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda.
It has been reported that the Maharashtra Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities. Naik also transferred IRF’s foreign funds to Peace TV for making “objectionable” programmes. Most of the programmes, which were made in India, contained alleged hate speeches of Naik, who had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists” through Peace TV, sources have claimed to media agency.
Interestingly, Naik came under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik.
Not to forget that the Islamic orator is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.
He had been popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preaching often allegedly demean other religions and even other Muslim sects. The Mumbai-based preacher is currently abroad and has not returned to India ever since the controversy erupted.