Monday’s ban on the Islamic Research Foundation, headed by Zakir Naik (Indian-born preacher), was extended by the Centre for five years. The Islamic Research Foundation is currently based in Malaysia.
The Union Home Ministry informed that the IRF had been engaging in activities that were prejudicial to security and could disturb the peace and harmony of the nation as well as the secular fabric.
Naik, who is a Malaysian citizen, has been under the radar of the Indian government since July 2016, when allegations surfaced that Naik had helped one terrorist to attack a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.
The allegations have been denied repeatedly by Naik. The central government also believes that the IRF’s activities should be declared illegal association immediately.
According to the Home Ministry, Naik’s statements and speeches are offensive and subversive. He has promoted hatred and enmity among religious groups through them.
According to the home ministry, if Naik’s illegal activities are not stopped, they will continue their subversive activities and reorganize those who are still missing.