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MHA Suspends 4 Officials for Renewing License of Zakir Naik's NGO

The Union home ministry has suspended four officials for alleged irregularities in renewal of FCRA licence of IRF founded by controversial preacher Zakir Naik.

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Updated:September 2, 2016, 9:22 AM IST
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New Delhi: The Union home ministry has suspended four officials for alleged irregularities in renewal of FCRA licence of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) founded by controversial preacher Zakir Naik.

The crackdown on MHA officials came after it was found that IRF's FCRA licence was renewed recently on August 19 despite several ongoing probe against him.

A spokesperson of the MHA said, "We have suspended four officials with immediate effect for their alleged role in the renewal of the FCRA licence of Naik's NGO. We served notice against Naik on August 7 for violating FCRA but surprisingly his licence was renewed on August 19. We need to be investigate this."

Naik came under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper 'Daily Star' had reported that one of the attackers of the July 1 cafe terror strike in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran a propaganda on Facebook quoting Naik.

Naik, in his lecture aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, had reportedly "urged all Muslims to be terrorists".

Naik is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions.

He is among the 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.

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| Edited by: Sujit Nath
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