The Maharashtra police initiated action against Naik after reports suggested that Bangladeshi militants who hacked to death 20 people at a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone used to follow Zakir Naik
MUMBAI — Maharashtra police on Tuesday submitted its report on controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The report points out many unlawful activities pertaining to the organiZation of which Zakir Naik is the leader, said Fadnavis, according to Indian Express.
“Government has received a report on Zakir Naik from Commissioner of Police of Mumbai. There are many indictments in the report. Many unlawful activities have been pointed out pertaining to the organisation of which Zakir Naik is the leader,” said the chief minister.
Fadnavis said that certain activities are attributed to Zakir Naik as well in the report. “Maharashtra Govt is studying the report and will soon share report with MHA. There are certain activities attributed to Zakir Naik as well. In consultation with MHA, we will decide the further course of action which we need to take,” said Fadnavis.
Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia. He is wildly popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV although his preaching often demeans other religions and even other Muslim sects, the report said.
With his speeches and teachings, Naik has garnered over 14 million followers on Facebook and around 200 million viewers of Peace TV. He is a self-proclaimed follower of the late South African preacher Ahmed Deedat.