Charge Sheet Files Against Zakir Naik In Hate Speech

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Charge Sheet Files Against Zakir Naik In Hate Speech

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a charge sheet against Mr Zakir Naik for allegedly inciting youth to take up terror activities, giving hate speeches and promoting enmity between communities.

“We filed a charge sheet against Naik,” an NIA official said.

The 51-year-old televangelist, who is currently abroad, is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the NIA. He fled from India on July 1, 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches.

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The NIA had on November 18, 2016, registered a case against Mr Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

His Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared an unlawful association by the Union home ministry.

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The controversial preacher has been accused of spreading hatred by his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the years.

The Mumbai-based preacher came under the lens of security agencies after some terrorists allegedly involved in the attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July last year reportedly claimed they were inspired by his speeches