The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a First Investigation Report or FIR against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for supposedly “spreading enmity” among religions.
On Saturday morning, raids were led at 10 areas in Maharashtra connected to his banned organisation Islamic Research Foundation or IRF, which is likewise named in the case by the anti-terror agency.
Sources said the FIR was enrolled after examining Mr Naik’s speeches broadcast on Peace TV, which is partly-funded by the IRF.
Mr Naik, 50, went under Indian government’s scanner after the Bangladeshi government blamed him for making speeches that could have impelled a portion of the terrorists who assaulted a Dhaka cafe in July, killing 20 individuals.
Investigators from Bangladesh met NIA officers recently however the FIR documented on Friday evening does not specify the bistro assault.
Mr Naik, who is at present in Saudi Arabia and has declined to come back to India, was named in police cases before for supposedly instigating young fellows to “advance estrangement against religious groups”.
This week, the IRF was banned for a long time and sources said the administration requested that law authorization organizations keep a nearby watch on the exercises of every one of its foundations.
The association was before limited from accepting remote assets without unequivocal consent from the focal government.
In an open letter to the Indian government in September, Mr Naik looked for elucidation on the charges leveled against him and said they were an “assault on Indian Muslims” and against “peace, vote based system and equity”.
The Islamic tele-evangelist is as of now banned in the UK and Canada for his detest talks against different religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic researchers in Malaysia.