Zakir Naik’s counsel Mobin Solkar said on Saturday that the case filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against Islamic preacher’s under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is illegal. He said the Supreme Court had earlier granted a stay in a similar case and hence any fresh complaint on the same grounds would be void.
"Earlier in the year 2012 an FIR was registered by the office bearers of some organisation against Zakir Naik under section 153 A and in response we filed a petition in the Supreme Court and the court granted stay to all those proceedings in the FIR. So fresh FIR for the same offence is not maintainable in law so they cannot be two FIR for one offence," Solkar told ANI.
FIR against Zakir naik or IRF is illegal, because 1 FIR for same offence was lodged against him in 2012: Mobin Solkar, Zakir Naik's Lawer pic.twitter.com/wzRGzAqfT5— ANI (@ANI_news) November 19, 2016
Earlier on Saturday, NIA carried out searches at 10 premises of the banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in Mumbai after registering a case against its founder Zakir Naik and others under an anti-terror law.
Watch: National Investigation Agency raids Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation premises at 10 locations in Mumbai
The searches began this morning with the help of local police after a case was registered by the NIA’s Mumbai branch last night under 153-A of IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion...and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and various sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The action by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) came barely a few days after the Union Cabinet declared IRF as a banned organisation under UAPA.
IRF came under the scanner of various security agencies after one of the terrorists involved in the Dhaka cafe attack had allegedly posted on social media that they had been inspired by Naik’s speeches.
Some of the youths from Mumbai suburbs, who had left their home to join Islamic State earlier this year, were also allegedly inspired by the preacher.
The speeches of Naik, who is currently out of the country apparently to evade arrest, are banned in the UK and Canada as well as in Malaysia.
The Home Ministry found the NGO was allegedly having dubious links with Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, accused of propagating terrorism.
According to the Home Ministry, Naik, who heads the IRF, has allegedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda.
Maharashtra Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities.
Naik also transferred IRF’s foreign funds to Peace TV for making “objectionable” programmes. Most of the programmes, which were made in India, contained alleged hate speeches of Naik, who had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists” through Peace TV.
An educational trust run by Naik has already been prevented from receiving foreign funds and agencies are looking into their activities.
(With inputs from agencies)