The Central Government on 15th November extended five years ban on the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), headed by India-born extremist leader and philosopher Zakir Naik, who is currently in Malaysia.
The IRF first declared an unlawful organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) by the central government on November 17, 2016.
According to the Union Home Ministry, IRF and Zakir Naik have been indulging in activities that are a threat to the security of the country and have the potential of disturbing the peace and communal harmony leading to the tarnishing of the secular fabric of the country.
The Home Ministry added that speeches made by Zakir Naik are objectionable as he has been promoting hatred among religious groups and inspiring youths of a particular religion in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.
Zakir Naik is famous to make radical statements and speeches to crores of people worldwide through international satellite TV networks, the Internet, print, and social media.