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Fadnavis Orders Probe Against Zakir Naik; Seeks Report From Mumbai Police

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (L) ordered a probe against the controversial Muslim Preacher Dr Zakir Naik (R).

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (L) ordered a probe against the controversial Muslim Preacher Dr Zakir Naik (R).

Dr Zakir Naik rubbished reports that his speeches promoted terrorism.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday has ordered a probe against the controversial Muslim Preacher Dr Zakir Naik.

Speaking to CNN-News18, the Chief Minister said, "I have asked the Mumbai Commissioner of Police DD Padsalgikar to inquire against him (Naik) and submit a report at the earliest."

The Mumbai Police was also asked to probe against his (Naik) source of funding/donations, properties and local cable operators telecasting his speech across the state.

On Wednesday, Naik rubbished reports that his speeches promoted terrorism saying he welcomed any investigation against him.

"It is totally illogical to say that I promote terrorism. Not a single investigative agency says Dr Zakir Naik promotes terrorism. The Home Ministry is most welcome to go through all my speeches," Naik told CNN-News18 over the phone.

"I inspire many people because I have a large following. These people might have been inspired by me but I don't know them personally," he had said.

Naik, who is president of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), also denied he ever said that all Muslims should be terrorists saying the video which allegedly showed him doing so was doctored.

The controversial preacher was reacting to reports from Bangladesh that two of the terrorists - Rohan Imtiaz and Nibras Islam - who hacked to death 20 people at Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant were inspired by him.
first published:July 07, 2016, 18:58 IST