The Home Ministry is initiating the process for cancellation of registration of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), promoted by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The foundation will soon be banned from receiving foreign funds. The move came after different investigations found Naik to be “involved” in utilising funds for radicalisation of youths.
The government is also ready with a cabinet note on the IRF to declare it ‘unlawful’ under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The declaration will mean no person can be a member of the foundation, hold meetings or collect funds for it. The existing assets of the outfit declared ‘unlawful’ can be taken over by the government by appointing a receiver for them.
The Home Ministry has also started the process for putting another NGO of Naik namely IRF Educational Trust in prior permission category, thus preventing it from receiving any foreign funds without getting nod from the government.
Maharashtra Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities.