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Ban on Zakir Naik’s IRF challenged: Delhi High Court asks Govt. to present the details

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New Delhi: More than a month after ban on his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Islamic televangelist, Zakir Naik has approached the Delhi High Court against the ban on his organization. Ever since the ban on his organization was announced, different sorts of stories have been doing the round.

Reports of corruption have also come forward against him and his organization with reports that government was planning to attach more than two dozen properties in Mumbai.

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Following the IRF plea in the Delhi High Court against the ban, the court asked the Union government on Friday to file a report. Naik has challenged the Centre’s decision to immediately ban NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

While directing the union government Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the Centre to present the record relating to the imposition of ban on the organisation and fixed January 17 as the next date of hearing. The court was hearing Naik’s plea challenging the November 2016 notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) which had imposed an immediate ban on the organisation for five years under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The Union government had declared it as an “unlawful association” under the anti-terror laws. IRF told the court that the MHA’s notification did not have sufficient reasons and materials for taking such a step and the ban was imposed without giving any show cause notice. Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain informed the court that the “urgent step” was taken on apprehension that Indian youths could be “radicalised” or “motivated” by the speeches given by IRF and its members. He opposed the plea and said that Naik had also made derogatory statements against other religions and was spreading communal disharmony.

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