De­ci­sion to ban IRF in In­dia’s in­ter­est: Tri­bunal

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A SPE­CIAL tri­bunal on Thurs­day up­held the Cen­tre’s de­ci­sion to ban Zakir Naik’s Is­lamic Re­search Foun­da­tion (IRF), say­ing there were suf­fi­cient rea­sons, in­clud­ing pos­ing a threat to In­dia’s se­cu­rity, to de­clare it an un­law­ful as­so­ci­a­tion.

The tri­bunal, headed by Jus­tice Sangeeta Dhin­gra of the Delhi High Court, found that Naik has failed to par­tic­i­pate in the le­gal pro­ceed­ings be­fore it and was “ab­scond­ing and un­trace­able”.

The tri­bunal on Fe­bru­ary 23 had or­dered in-cam­era hear­ing in view of the con­fi­den­tial ma­te­rial be­ing scru­ti­nised by it.

Up­hold­ing the Cen­tre’s Novem­ber 17, 2016 no­ti­fi­ca­tion ban­ning IRF for five years, the tri­bunal said there were suf­fi­cient rea­sons and cause to de­clare IRF an un­law­ful as­so­ci­a­tion. “The en­tire ma­te­rial placed on record shows that the IRF was in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties which not only in­cite an­den­cour­ageth­ey­outh­tounder take the un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties with and in­tent to threaten the sovereignty, unity, in­tegrity and se­cu­rity of In­dia.”

“It also cause (sic) dis­af­fec­tion against In­dia, which leaves no doubt that the in­gre­di­ents of sec­tion... of the Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties Pre­ven­tion Act (UAPA), 1967 are met and there is ev­ery rea­son to con­clude that the IRF be de­clared asa­nun­law­fu­las­so­ci­a­tion,”it­said.

On March 16, the Delhi High Court had also held that the Cen­tre’s de­ci­sion to ban the IRF was taken to safe­guard na­tional se­cu­rity. It had dis­missed IRF’S plea chal­leng­ing the ban.

IRF had moved the tri­bunal again­st­then­ovem­ber17,2016no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the of the Min­istry of Homeaf­fair­sim­posin­gan­im­me­di­ate ban on the or­gan­i­sa­tion un­der the Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties Pre­ven­tion Act. How­ever, since the tri­bunal de­clined to hear the mat­ter be­fore Fe­bru­ary 6, the foun­da­tion had moved the Delhi High Court chal­leng­ing the ban.

Zakir Naik

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