NIA MAY FILE FIR ON PREACHER ZAKIR NAIK
NEWDELHI: Thegovernmentisclosing in on controversial TV evangelist Dr Zakir Naik with a multipronged plan of action that may include the registration of an FIR by the NIA, taking his Peace TV off cable television and a review of permission to his outfit to get foreign aid, official sources said.
Naik, a doctor-turned-preacher, has always been on the radar of security agencies for making statements like “If Osama bin Laden is terrorising the US, I am withhim”and“9/11wasaninside job”. But he has come under renewed focus after authorities in Bangladesh linked him to last week’s terror strike on a Dhaka café, saying some of the attackers were motivated by his speeches.
The assault claimed by the Islamic State left 20 people dead, including a 19-year-old Indian girl. “We have taken cognisance of Zakir Naik’s speeches and given instructions for a probe. CDs of his speeches are being examined,” home minister Rajnath Singh said Friday. “The National Investigation Agency is planning to register an FIR against Zakir Naik. Legal opinion is being sought,” a ministry official said.