Srinagar: Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) has said the first information report (FIR) filed against him and his organisation was illegal and rejected allegations against them as baseless, a media report quoted an IRF member without revealing his/her identity on Monday.
On Friday evening, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a case against Naik under Sections 10, 13 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code, or IPC, the report said.
“The FIR is illegal because another FIR had been registered in 2012 for the same crime, regarding inflammatory speeches and offending different religious groups. It had been investigated and the matter had been closed. Dr. Naik has also stated that this is being re-engineered to suit the decision of the NIA. Also, it holds little meaning because the FIR was registered after the ban on IRF,” an IRF member was quoted by the report to have said.
Earlier, Dr Zakir’s premises and IRF offices were raided by the NIA, media reports said.
An Indian home ministry notification last week banned Naik’s IRF in connection with the 1 July Dhaka terrorist attacks, the reports said.
The IRF has rejected the allegation that it had anything to do with the attacks and said Naik was willing to cooperate with the probe, the report said.
“The Dhaka terror attack allegation is baseless. The NIA has not found anything in their search operations at our premises. There is no incriminating evidence of any kind. Dr. Naik has stated he is more than willing to cooperate unconditionally in the probe,” the IRF official was further quoted in the media report.
Dr Naik is world-renowned orator on Islam and comparative religion who was awarded King Faisal Award, the highest award in the Islamic world, in 2015 for his “service to Islam”.