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Zakir Naik's IRF: Union Government Proposes Ban

The union government has proposed to ban the Dr Zakir Naik-run Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). In its opinion the Law Ministry has suggested that the IRF be banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or the UAPA. The opinion that has been given to the Home Ministry is now being considered and if the decision is taken, then the IRF will be banned for five years. After the completion of the five year period, the same would be put up for review.

If the organisation is banned then becoming its member would be illegal. Further, the organisation cannot collect funds or conduct meetings. The law ministry which gave its opinion took into account several aspects which also included the two cases that were booked against the foundation in 2005 and 2012.

The law ministry also took into account reports prepared by various investigation agencies which stated that the speeches made by Naik had influenced many to take up terrorism. Naik's name had cropped up following the Dhaka attack in which it was stated that his speech had inspired one of the terrorists. Once the Home Ministry decides to impose the ban, the decision would go up before a tribunal. Once arguments are heard the tribunal will take a final decision on the ban.

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