Delhi HC to hear plea by Zakir Naik's NGO challenging Centre's ban

Last month, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued summons to Zakir Naik and the IRF under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Delhi HC to hear plea by Zakir Naik

The plea filed by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik's NGO, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), will be heard on Monday by Delhi High Court.

The plea is challenging ban imposed by Home Ministry on the organisation. The Court, earlier in February, had set up a Judicial Tribunal to look into banning Zakir Naik's NGO under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

A notice had also been issued to IRF to respond to a plea by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to hold in camera proceedings.


The National Investigation Agency had also filed three affidavits in sealed cover before the Court giving reasons for the ban on the IRF, according to a report in Asian News International.

The IRF, earlier moved a petition seeking directions against the ban imposed on it by the central government.

The NGO was banned by the central government for five years after on November last year after declaring it as an "unlawful association" under the anti-terror laws, and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) followed up with raids on its premises in Mumbai on November 19.

Naik has allegedly made many provocative speeches and had engaged in terror propaganda, according to Home Ministry.

He has been in news after after Bangladeshi newspaper 'Daily Star' reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1,2016 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook in 2015 quoting Naik.

Last month, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued summons to Zakir Naik and the IRF under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).