Zakir Naik’s NGO challenges Centre’s ban in Delhi HC

The Government of India banned the NGO for five years in November, terming it as an outlawed organisation.

Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) on Friday challenged the Centre’s decision to ban the organization under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The Government of India banned the NGO for five years in November, terming it as an outlawed organisation.

Challenging the ban in Delhi High Court, IRF said the the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification no reason and cites no material for taking such action under UAPA.


Reacting to the government’s decision earlier, Zakir Naik termed the move to ban IRF a tactic by the government to divert the media’s attention from the debate surrounding demonetisation.

Naik, in a three-page open letter, said:” The decision to ban IRF was taken in the middle of the demonetisation fiasco, as the country reeled under the self-imposed cash crunch. I won’t be surprised if this ban was meant to distract media from what was going on in the country.”

However, responding to IRF’s challenge in Delhi HC, the government claimed the NGO was luring youths to join the ISIS, The Hindu reported.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain said: "Youth were being radicalised. Many were in the queue for joining ISIS. Many youth arrested in unrelated terror cases stated that they were inspired by speeches of Zakir Naik. What could have been a more urgent situation for a nation? Should we have waited for pralay (catastrophe),"  the newspaper reported.

The court directed the government to produce the relevant record leading to its ban declaration on January 17  and posted the matter for further hearing on Tuesday.