NIA books Zakir Naik for promoting enmity, inciting Muslim youth
NEW DELHI: The National InvestigationAgency(NIA)booked controversial TV evangelist Dr ZakirNaikonFridayonchargesof inciting Muslim youth to indulge in violence and promoting enmity between groups on the basis of religion and race. The agency has charged that Naik’s activities are prejudicialtonationalintegration.
The NIA action follows the government decision to declare Naik’s outfit Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). “The NIA has registered an FIR against Dr Naik under the UAPA and he will soon be asked to join the investigation. If he doesn’t, the agency will ask the court to declare him a proclaimed offenderandsetinmotiontoattach the properties of the IRF,” said a senior home ministry official.