Dr Zakir Naik (L), Cafe attacker Rohan Imtiaz. -India Today
National Intelligence Agency (NIA) of India has notified Zakir Naik on Monday to appear before the agency on March 30 in connection with a case registered against him under anti-terror laws. This is the second notice from NIA to Zakir Naik over this case. Zakir Naik was asked earlier by NIA to present himself at NIA headquarters in New Delhi on March 14.
The notice from NIA has been dispatched to Zakir Naik's residential address in Mumbai. Reportedly, Zakir Naik has been currently residing in Saudi Arabia to avoid arrest following allegations against him showing his involvement in militant attacks on a restaurant in Dhaka last year. It may be added that, radical militants assaulted Holey Artisan Café in Dhaka on 1st July 2016 and killed several people including police officers and foreigners.
A first information report (FIR) was filed against Zakir Naik and his partners by NIA in November 2016. Allegedly, Zakir Naik, who became a religious preacher from a physician, has been propagating detrimental ideas through his speeches which have threatened communal harmony and stimulated religious fanaticism. NIA has stated in the FIR that Zakir Naik encourages young Muslims to participate in terrorist activities. Zakir Naik's organization Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) has been termed as illegal under Unlawful
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Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
High Court of Delhi has recently approved the government's decision to immediately enforce embargo on IRF. Delhi High Court also stated that IRF's president and members are involved in "unlawful activity". IRF runs two other organizations named Educational Trust and Islamic Dimensions Trust.
On the other hand, Zakir Naik's speeches have been banned by governments of Malaysia, United Kingdom and Canada. However, Zakir Naik has denied the allegations brought against him.