Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ra­jesh Ahuja

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.

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