Zakir’s NGO licence renewed: 4 officials suspended
New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has suspended 4 of its officials, including a joint secretary, for alleged irregularities in the renewal of FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) licence of Salafi preacher Zakir Naik’s non-governmental organization (NGO), Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). Zakir Naik is currently being probed for allegedly motivating acts of terror.
The 4 who were suspended are Joint Secretary GK Dwivedi, IAS, two deputy secretaries and one section officer according to the reports.
Earlier the government had initiated the inquiry against Naik and his organization. As per the reports, the license of Islamic Research Foundation was renewed on August 19, with the validation for 3 years.
Zakir Naik is an Islamic orator, known for his controversial speeches, particularly popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV. He is also the founder of Mumbai based Islamic Research Foundation. He is banned in Canada and UK for his hate speech against other religions. Naik, in his lectures aired on the Peace TV, which is an international Islamic channel, had reportedly urged all Muslims to be terrorists, according to the reports.
Security agencies on Wednesday decided to carry out auditing the books of the IRF and also to examine his controversial speeches extensively.