Centre Bans Zakir Naik’s NGO For Five Years Under UAPA

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8:44 pm 15 Nov, 2016

The Centre has banned Zakir Naik’s NGO, the Islamic Research Foundation, for five years following investigations into its operations.

On Tuesday, the Union Cabinet decide to outlaw the NGO under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) with immediate effect.

The decision means that even those organisations of which IRF is the parent body stands outlawed.




The NGO of the controversial Islamic preacher had come under the scanner of security agencies following Bangladesh’s accusation that some of the terrorists involved in the July 1-2 Gulshan restaurant in Dhaka were inspired by Naik’s preaching.

Security agencies went through hundreds of tapes containing Naik’s speeches.

In August, the Maharashtra Government had submitted a 71-page report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which it had said that Naik’s speeches exhorted people to wage jihad.

Besides this, Naik’s NGO is also accused of forced conversions.

Previously, the Centre had prohibited the NGO from receiving foreign funds without permission of the government.

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