Maharashtra govt orders investigation into Zakir Naik’s speeches


The probe has been ordered by the Maharashtra government into Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s speeches that were reported to have inspired some of the Dhaka attackers on Tuesday.  

The “appropriate action” would be taken against him, centre said.

"The home ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them. His speeches, as being reported in the media, are highly objectionable," Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters in Delhi.

Just after a day when Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said an action must be taken against the preacher after looking into whether Naik through his speeches glorifies terrorist acts by Muslims, Naidu’s remarks came out.

On Wednesday, Naik had proclaimed that his speech on Islam and terror has been taken out of context and claimed that he had only said Muslims should terrorise anti-social elements.

"I have asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to conduct a probe (into Naik's speeches) and submit a report," chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Thursday."Everything, including Naik's speeches, his social media accounts, sources of funding (of a foundation run by him in Mumbai) will be scrutinised, he added.

After 2012 video, Congress leader Digivjaya Singh was in the BJP’s line of fire which showed him sharing a platform with the televangelist at an event to promote communal harmony, surfaced on Thursday.

Mr. Naik  said in a statement, “he is totally disagreed that he inspired the terror act in Dhaka,” he said.

“There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged one to kill another, whether Muslim or non-Muslim,” he said.

Naik further added,“I have asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to conduct a probe (into Naik’s speeches)  and submit a report,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.