The NIA has sent a detailed investigation report to MHA for the trial of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. NIA has sought the permission to prosecute him under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
According to TOI, the investigation against Naik is complete, and his role in encouraging Muslim youth to join jihad and several other unlawful activities have been backed up with strong evidence.
The NIA has sought the prosecution sanction under Section 18 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, which relates to terror conspiracy, Sections 10 and 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, which is about being member of an unlawful outfit and Section 153 of Indian Penal Code, which deals with inciting communal hatred.
The NIA is waiting for a go ahead from Ministry of Home Affairs and will then file a charge sheet against Naik, his associates and IRF. It is this charge sheet which will be used to get the preacher extradited from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, either of the two nations where he is believed to be residing.
NIA investigation also revealed that Naik influenced several Muslim youth to join Jihad through his speeches and these men ultimately joined some sort of an extremist organization. Some of the people whom he influenced are IM member Qateel Ahmed Siddiqui, alleged woman IS online recruiter Afsha Jabeen, and IS recruits Mudabbir Sheikh, Mohammed Obaidullah Khan, Abu Anas and Mohammed Nafees Khan.