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Zakir Naik's IRF Donated Rs 50 Lakhs to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in 2011

Mumbai based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the NGO run by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik had made Rs 50 lakh donation to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) in 2011.

Smitha Nair | CNN-News18smitharnair

Updated:September 10, 2016, 11:58 AM IST
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Zakir Naik's IRF Donated Rs 50 Lakhs to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in 2011
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Mumbai based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the NGO run by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik who is under the scanner for allegedly inspiring terrorists, had made Rs 50 lakh donation to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) in 2011.

Congress has confirmed the donation but claimed that it had returned the funds about 5 months back. "We returned the fund after it came to light that the NGO was involved in conversions and other activities," Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said.

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

The government has already banned IRF from receiving foreign funds directly and the Home Ministry has asked RBI to seek prior permission from it before releasing any money to the NGO.

The decision has been taken after a preliminary inquiry conducted by the Home Ministry found that the NGO was carrying out activities contrary to the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) under which it has to function.

Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based IRF, is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speeches aimed against other religions.

He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia. He is popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects.

(With PTI inputs)

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| Edited by: Sujit Nath
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