The ban is to go into effect immediately. The government labelled the Islamic Research Foundation as an “unlawful organisation” which was susceptible to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in India.
The Times of India reported that an “unlawful” association is different from a “terrorist” organisation listed under UAPA. The law defines “unlawful association” as any organisation “which has for its object any activity that is punishable under Section 153A or 153B of IPC” - provisions dealing with threat to social and communal harmony.
The Indian government claimed that Zakir Naik’s programmes on Peace TV were allegedly communal and pro-Jihad.
Dr Zakir Naik has numerous cases filed against him in India, mostly allegations of inspiring people to become a terrorist.
The National Investigation Agency of India has also plans to press charges of terrorism against him by using testimonies of captive terrorists who admitted Naik’s speeches encouraged them to a great extent.
Zakir Naik is banned in the United Kingdom and Canada for his “hate speech”, reported the Times of India.
Naik has not responded to the freshly-imposed ban till the time of this report being written.