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NIA chargesheets Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for inciting terror activities

Naik was thrice been issued notices by NIA but he did not join the investigation

ANI  |  Mumbai 

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

The Investigative Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed charge sheet against (IRF) president and preacher in its special court here.

Naik has been booked on charges of incitement of terror activities and hate speech among youth.

Earlier in July, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) at the request of the NIA revoked Naik's passport under the provisions of the Passport Act, 1967.

Naik was thrice been issued notices by NIA but he did not join the investigation.

On April 21, the NIA Special Court issued a non-bailable warrant against Naik.

On November 18, 2016, the NIA registered a criminal case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under Sections 153A of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 10, 13 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The IRF has already been declared as an Unlawful Association by Government of India as per a notification dated November 17, 2016.

The NIA has been looking for Naik since last year accusing him of encouraging and aiding his followers through his public speeches, lectures and talks, to promote on grounds of religion, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious communities and groups.

Naik has delivered over 1500 public lectures/talks in India and abroad. His last public lecture in India was held in Kishanganj, Bihar in March 2012.

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First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 17:44 IST