NIA issues second notice to the alleged terror preacher ‘Zakir Naik’

The speeches of Naik are outlawed in the UK, Canada, and Malaysia. Naik has renounced all accusations of involvement in terror-related activities and defied the ban on the IRF.

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Zakir Abdul Karim Naik is an Indian Islamic preacher, and the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Wikimedia

New Delhi, March 21, 2017: The NIA on Monday issued a second notice to controversial Islamic parson Zakir Naik summoning him to on March 30 in a case filed against him under an anti-terror law. Previously the agency had announced the first summons asking him to appear on March 14, reported by TOI.

The 51-year-old Naik came into inspection after the terrorist attack at a cafe in Dhaka last year. It is believed that Naik inspired these terrorists to carry out the attack.

A FIR against the accused and his accomplices was registered by the NIA in November last year. The notice pertaining to the terrorist attack has been sent to the Mumbai residence of the accused who is deemed to be staying in Saudi Arabia to elude the arrest.

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The physician-turned-preacher has been booked for allegedly fostering animosity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony according to sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The Delhi High Court had recently implied the decision to immediately forbid IRF stating the organization and its president and members were indulging in “unlawful activity”. Besides the IRF, Naik is also a founding trustee of the IRF Educational Trust and the Islamic Dimensions Trust.

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The speeches of Naik are outlawed in the UK, Canada, and Malaysia. Naik has renounced all accusations of involvement in terror-related activities and defied the ban on the IRF.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94