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NIA files charge sheet against Zakir Naik in hate speech,

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed a in a special here against controversial Islamic preacher for allegedly inciting youth to take up terror activities, giving hate speeches and promoting enmity between communities.

"We filed a against Naik," an official said.

The 51-year-old televangelist, who is currently abroad, is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the He fled from on July 1, 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring claimed that they were inspired by his speeches.

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

His Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared an unlawful association by the Union home ministry.

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

The Mumbai-based preacher 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.

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First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 16:48 IST