New Delhi: NIA on Saturday carried out searches at 10 premises of the banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in Mumbai after registering a case against its founder Dr. Zakir Naik and others under an anti-terror law.
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, according to PTI.
The action by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) came two 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.
Zakir Naik is currently out of the country.
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 Zakir Naik has already been prevented from receiving foreign funds and agencies are looking into their activities.