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Govt revokes Islamic preacher Zakir Naik's passport

The Islamic preacher is wanted in connection with alleged terror-funding and money laundering cases

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Zakir Naik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Zakir Naik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The has revoked the of Zakir Naik, the controversial wanted in connection with alleged terror-funding and

"The Mumbai Regional Office has approved the NIA's request to revoke Zakir Naik's passport," a spokesperson for the anti-terror agency said on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old televangelist, who is currently abroad, is being probed by the Investigation Agency (NIA) for charges related to terror and money laundering.

The Mumbai-based preacher, who left India on July 1, 2016, came under the lens of security agencies after some terrorists allegedly involved in the attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July last year reportedly claimed they were inspired by his speeches.

Naik had his renewed in January last year and it was valid for 10 years.

The NIA had on November 18, 2016, registered a case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

His city-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared an unlawful association by the Centre.

The controversial preacher has been accused of spreading hatred by his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the years.

Naik, a medical doctor-turned preacher, during his interactions with the Indian media from his haven abroad has repeatedly denied all charges.

He was served a show-cause notice by the authorities asking as to why his travel document should not be revoked.

The Interpol was approached against Naik after a year- long probe during which the NIA gathered evidence of his IRF and Peace TV being used to allegedly promote hatred between different religious groups.

Besides banning his NGO, the central government has taken his TV channel off air.

First Published: Tue, July 18 2017. 22:46 IST